Forget trying to get the kids to focus, I’m the one having problems concentrating! So, here are a few tips to help moms (or anyone else) focus on the task at hand, which will enable you to finish sooner.
F – FACEBOOK (Twitter, blogs, email, etc.) = NOT! Turn it off for a while!
O – ONE thing at a time. Even for multitasking mom mavens, it’s best to concentrate on doing one thing WELL at a time. You’ll find that you’re really more efficient in the long run.
C – CONCENTRATE on whatever is in front of you. Don’t be distracted by the T.V., kids jumping on the trampoline, or the cats chasing each other. Bonus: CAFFEINE helps–sometimes. You know yourself; if it helps, have some. If not, don’t.
U – UNDERSTAND that you will have interruptions no matter how good your intentions (and/or instructions) are. Sometimes your own thoughts will interrupt you with other things you have to do; write down whatever pops into your mind so you can get it out of your head and focus on what you’re supposed to be doing.
S – STAY on task for a specified length of time or until you meet a certain goal. Make short goals (to write 1,000 words, to clean 1 kitchen cabinet, to make 1 project, or whatever), meet each goal, then take a short break. Bonus: SLEEP. It’s a good thing. Get some.
Today’s confession: I scribbled the outline for this post while I was trying to focus on another writing project!
Q4U: What are your best tips for focusing on the task at hand?
3 thoughts on “How to F.O.C.U.S.”
Great advice! I tend to be able to focus better if I have a \”clean\” house. Also, I focus better in the morning before everyone else gets up.
Like Faith I concentrate best in the early morning but if that doesn't work a 15 minute power nap before sitting down to concentrate helps enormously! And the key to a good power nap is teaching your kids that mom's \”quiet time\” is vital to THEIR good health!
I'm finding it hard to focus on school with the children when the house is a mess. I'm trying to put together a school room so I won't be able to see the messies and we can stay on task.