Here’s how I do it.
1. WRITE IT ALL DOWN
When I say this, I mean really write it down. Write for a set period of time, whether that be 3, 5 or 10 minutes. Write anything that pops up. Get it all out. Write with your favourite pen, pencil. or marker on a sheet of looseleaf, or in a cute notebook.
It helps clear your mind of well everything. Making room for new thoughts and ideas. Bigger thoughts. IDEAS.
Personally I find that any old pen and sheet of paper will do, as long as the ink flows smoothly. Although, I am currently trying to break my habit of saving cute notebooks for bigger ideas. I tried doing it on my computer for a while, but I just don’t get the same effect. It’s all personal preference, but for this writing activity I feel somewhat restricted by technology.
2. WRITE DOWN & “PRIORITIZE” THE REAL THINGS
I keep a lot of lists and notes. A serial-notetaker. I like to know what is going on at a day to day (both fun and real) level as well as that dreamy shit, and how the day to day (fun) stuff is building up to the dreamy shit–and how the day to day (real) stuff keeps a roof over my head and food on the table, etc.
Then once I have all of these various to do lists…
Îm on the top of my game the morning, so thats when I try to hammer out the real tasks that matter. The ones that really add value.
I tend to do most of my real life day to day things on my lunch break. Checking email, paying bills, buying stuff online…
3. MINIMIZE INPUT & (THEN?) MAXIMIZE OUTPUT
But it’s hard. But it helps. Turn all that shit off (email, social media, television, etc). Sometimes, for some people like myself, this includes reading (certain books). ?
It’s like taking a vacation without actually going anywhere. Or go ahead and really take a vacation. I find they also really help.
When you give yourself time away from the things and stuff of life, you really get a chance to process things. I think even on another level because you’re experiencing different things, or experiencing things differently at least, because of the removal of inputs.
4. DO SOMETHING ELSE
This is one of my favourites. When I cant get seem to get things started, or have hit a creative roadblock, I find it best to just do something else for…well as long as it takes. Whether that be reading, mediation, watching a show, tidying up, exercise, baking, having a drink (of water…but whatever kind of bevy you like…) etc. Or even working on some B List tasks sometimes helps. Because then soon enough either I am done this other thing and can get back to the priorty task, or I have just piddled away enough and can return to the priority task.
In between working on stuff at HQ and recovering from our successful tourney, I bought a new book. Web Copy That Sells by Maria Veloso. Read a few other books that I didn’t buy. Redecorating HQ with trinkets from trips for inspiration and planning our next great getaway!
CURRENT FAV #MOTIVATIONALQUOTE
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE HACKS TO HELP YOU FOCUS?
I’m always willing to try new things that’ll help me focus get the job done.