Finding focus

by Patricia on April 28, 2009 · 2 comments

The Thinker

I snapped this photo the other night while Dan was watching the Sharks vs Ducks hockey game on television.  It was a tough game to watch (Sharks lost, bringing it to 3-1 in the series). But at this moment instead of angry and loud and excited, he was still and quiet and focused.  And while I know the outcome of the game (and the series) was disheartening, I love the look in his eyes.  He’s so intent and focused.

I sometimes have a hard time finding focus in my life. My mind whirls with ideas and a todo list 100 miles long. I can be very organized at times. And even diligent and momentarily focused, but long term focus is difficult for me. I need variety, but then too much variety and I get paralyzed: what should I do? I want to do abc and xyz and lmnop and… but I only have time to do abc. So instead of going and doing abc, I sit and fret and consider all of the options over and over until all of my time is gone.

This blog is an experiment in focus for me. I love writing, even if it’s just a little rambly account of how I made some cupcakes. And I love baking. But sewing and knitting and traveling and entertaining and green choices and reading and photography and guitar and finding a way to get back into shape without giving up baking are all high on my list as well. So the experiment for me has been to focus on 1 thing: baking (mostly). And it’s been successful so far. It’s still a new blog and I’m still enjoying it. But I’m feeling some of my focus fading.

I don’t mean to say that I’m going anywhere or that I’m not going to continue baking and bringing you treats.  I fully intend to continue to do all of those things… and more.  But my focus is getting a little blurry.  So if I stray a bit off the cookie crumb trail, I hope you will still follow me. I promise to keep a good amount of treats and eats flowing through these pages (I mean, I do still have to eat after all).

What do you do to stay focused? How are you at setting goals and actually achieving them?

{ 2 comments }

1 Patricia May 6, 2009 at 5:51 am

Hi Rachel :) I find I’m most productive when I find a balance between focused and scatty. If I’m too much either way, I don’t get much done… instead I get into this kind of stalemate. Dunno. I’m sort of breaking out of that stalemate now. We’ll see what happens :)

2 Rachel Cotterill April 28, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Focus? What focus? Ooh, look, aeroplane!! Sorry, ahem, back on track… ;)

In all seriousness, though, I don’t try to be focused – I work best when I let myself be scatty. I make lists to make sure I get *something* done, and I’m good at getting motivated when a deadline is five minutes away, but other than that? I just let things happen.

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