Every now and then, I have a tendency to loose all motivation and ability to stay focused. I think that burnout is common, but shouldn’t be the “norm” like what we might experience. Feeling drained, uninspired, and unable to stay focused, or get our work done, is not good. This feeling makes accomplishing daily tasks difficult and getting ahead impossible. Recently, I was feeling so tired and I just couldn’t get focused. I felt overwhelmed, unvalued and just ready to quit. Needless to say, that is totally unnecessary. I should have been taking better care of myself in the first place, but that fact is I made it to that point. I had to come up with a plan. How could I get focused, when all I want to do was bury myself deep within the blankets of my bed? Getting focused, means getting back on track and sometimes thats just what we need.
If you ever find yourself feeling this way, don’t worry. I have a few tips for you, to help you get your “ish” together and get focused, when you really don’t even know where to start!
Are you ready?
Let’s get focused!
How to Get Focused, When You Are So Behind You Don’t Know Where to Start
1. Brain Dump
The first thing I do when I need to get focused, or I’m feeling overwhelmed, is brain dump. By brain dump, I mean write down everything that I’m thinking about. anything that is taking up space in my mind at the time goes on the paper. Things like dates I need to add to my calendar, tasks I need to do, blog post ideas, household chores, phone calls, birthdays and so much more. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with daily tasks, which often causes us to lose site of everything that we do need to do. By getting everything out of my head, and on to paper, I am able to get a grip on what I need to do and get focused. There is no organization at this point in the process. Just take a clean piece of paper and write down everything that comes to mind!
2. Organize The Dump
Now I like to take a new piece of paper, or my favorite notepad, and organize everything I just dumped out. You can organize by date, or by category, whatever you feel right to you. For me, I prefer to divide things up by category, such as household todo’s, Youtube, Blogging, Personal (for our personal appointments and things), and work. Being able to divide things up helps me get organized. I like to organize everything, categorize and combine if possible, just to make things easier.
3. Create a To-Do List
It’s time to plan out how to tackle everything you need to do. In order to get focused and come up with a plan, we need to make a todo list. Whether you use an online software, or a good old fashion todo list on paper (that’s me!), write out everything you need to get done. Because we have already brain dumped and organized everything we wrote down, we can make an effective todo list that will help get focused and headed in the right direction. Sometimes the only way for me to get things done is to make a todo list. I find that I am much more productive, even when I don’t have a long list of things to do, if I just take the time to write everything down that needs to get done. Same goes for the grocery list! 🙂 If I don’t write it down. I forget it.
4. Prioritize + Schedule
We can’t always check off everything in one day, sometimes it take a couple of days to get back on track. To avoid overwhelm, try prioritizing your list and scheduling things out over the course of a few days. I always like to check off high priority items first and schedule things that can wait, for the next day or two. By creating a schedule, you will be close to getting everything done. At this point in the process, I am already feeling much more relieved and focused. Sometimes just taking a few minutes to brain dump, organize, prioritize and schedule things out, really makes a huge difference in my ability to stay calm and get focused!
A Few Helpful Resources
While I live by the tips I just shared with you, there are a few other things you can do to create a more focused and calm environment. I thought this would be a great time to share some additional helpful resources, but now I’m thinking I could write an entire post on this subject too. Stay tuned!
Whether I am writing a blogpost, editing a video or just trying to get my life together, music really helps to soothe my soul. Music helps me to calm myself down and to get focused. I always love listening to Jack Johnson radio on Pandora. It makes me feel like I’m at the beach, \ with my toes in the sand. You could say imaging a vacation makes me work a little harder, to make that become a reality!
When my space is cluttered, my mind is cluttered. Having a clean space helps me to focus on whatever task is at hand. I’m able to find everything I need, without having to hunt through a pile of mess. A clean space makes me so happy, I just wish it was easier to keep clean!
Plants, platns, plants. What can I say, I love plants! I have to limit myself, because I can get carried away with plants, but they really do bring such clarity to a space. Try adding a small plant to your desk, or maybe a pretty Fiddle Leaf Fig to the corner of your office. I promise, it will make you happy!
I hope that you find this post helpful and have enjoyed these tips! sometimes, it just take s a few easy steps to get our life back together and get focused. When I figure out how to stay focused I will definitely let you know! But for now, I know a lot more about getting focused and how to get back on the wagon when you fall off!
Let’s just say I know this falling off the wagon part too well! 😉