How To Stay Focused


This morning I tried to stay focused on this question and get it answered, but I ran out of time and had to go to work and once I got there I promptly forgot all about it.

I think that adequately sums up my focusing powers. If something is fun to do, staying engrossed in the task is easy. If it becomes tedious and boring and too much like work, it just may never get done.

I have a spouse with a sleep disorder (my description, not his.) If he gets tired in the early evening he fights to stay awake until his chosen ‘bedtime’. If he wakes up in the middle of the night he tosses and turns and tries to go back to sleep. I’ve suggested that he sleep when he’s tired and get up and do something else when he’s not. So what if he falls asleep at seven-thirty and gets up and eats breakfast at 4:00 a.m.? Who cares?

When our kids were first in school we discovered that our son had amazing abilities of contemplation and concentration. He would become so absorbed in whatever he was doing that it was like breaking a trance to try to get his attention.

Our daughter had the attention span of a gnat. She rarely ever finished an in-school assignment. However, she could tell you who was in the classroom, what they were wearing, what every person said and did, and fifty more details about what was going on around her that you wouldn’t even think to ask.

So we were advised to push one to focus, and to try to get the other one to be less intense.

I don’t know why we try so hard to change things, and why we can’t be more accepting of our own natures. Who’s to say being one way is better than some other way? Be who you are, do what you want, sleep when you feel like it.

So yeah. I AM trying to justify my own lack of focus. Maybe I LIKE being a scatter brained mess. If things get done, that’s great. If they don’t, well, whatever. Tomorrow is another day.

I hope these tips were helpful. And if you missed them, well shame on you for not paying closer attention.

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