Focus is an integral part of succeeding on your terms doing what you love. And it’s challenging to do so this time of year. Everywhere you look distraction reigns. There’s shopping to do, festivities to plan, parties to go to. It would be so easy to put off working on your writing until next year.
Don’t put off your dreams. The greatest gift you can give yourself this year is to finish your book or at least keep working on it. Whatever your writing project, it’s important to keep your attention on it.
Here are some ways you can stay focused during this busy time of year.
Put writing sessions on your calendar
Forget the to-do-lists. If you don’t already schedule things using a calendar, I highly recommend you start or at least do so for these last weeks of the year.
Remember to make writing a priority. Things like our writing don’t always feel urgent and so we let it go. It’s time to make it feel urgent.
Give yourself an end of year deadline
A sense of urgency can be created with a deadline. Deadlines have a way of really focusing our attention. They help us zoom in on what needs to get done and let go of those things that can wait.
Say no to some things
This is one of the hardest things to do. We hate to feel left out and so often try to fit too many things into our schedule.
Even if we have a deadline, we have trouble saying no to our friend’s party and all those family gatherings. We try to do it all, and guess what? Our writing suffers. We’re tired, bleary eyed and our focus unravels further.
You don’t have to say no to everything, just keep things simple. Maybe the family gatherings can be made into one big gathering. Do you really need to shop so much? And you didn’t really want to go to that cheesy office party anyway.
Tap into your desire and vision
Take a few minutes every morning to tap into your desire to share your message and make a difference. Spend time with your greater vision. Feel the excitement and let it motivate you.
The greatest way to focus your attention is to envision your dream as if it already is. The good feelings move you and you will understand what needs to be done for it to unfold.
Be proactive. Stay focused this season because your dreams matter. The world is waiting on your gift. And when you finally put your words out there and someone is helped by them, you will know the true joy of expression.
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