How To Stay Focused

Answer these questions:

  • How long does it take to complete a three-hour online course?
  • How long does it take to launch a website?
  • How long does it take to read the Bible cover-to-cover?

The answer is, it depends.

Don’t be distracted

A distracted learner could take longer than three hours to complete the online course. A follower of Jesus could go through a year and yet not complete reading the Bible. As for launching of the website, I don’t even want to talk about it.

That’s me in a nutshell.

For the last two years or so, I’ve been hopping from one project to another without seeing it through to its completion. I read for some people, getting started is their problem.

It wasn’t mine.

Love starting projects

I love starting projects. But seeing it through is where I lack. Be it in the area of reading a book, completing an online course, working on a project. Unless there is a schedule to keep or a deadline to meet.

My challenge is staying focused on the task at hand. I would pick up an idea and plunge into it almost immediately and then another idea would pop up and I’ll go chasing it. Soon, there will either be too much on my plate or I will lose interest in what I was doing. This will lead to anxieties and stress, which in turn lead to feelings of frustration.

Responsibility not accountability

To do nothing is tiresome because you cannot stop and take a rest. ~Source unknown

Quite often I would tell my wife that I am so tired. To which she will ask, “why are you so tired?” Quite frankly, I have no freaking idea. I just felt like I have so much to do, but in the past two years, I’ve hardly accomplished anything! Anything of significance!

And since I am my own boss, there is no one to breathe down my neck. And that feeling of not having to report to anyone is so sweet. Until upon reflection did I realize that accountability is not the real deal. The real deal is to be responsible.

To be responsible to myself and my family that there will be money in the bank to pay the mortgage, the insurance premiums, and food. So, unless I get my act together, I will not only be wasting time and energy, but also money.

This serves as a wake-up call for me to not only stay focused on the projects that I have chosen, but to see it through by establishing a set of measures to track my progress. Additionally, I will have to identify the actions necessary to see through the projects.

Are you struggling to stay focused?