- a Christmas gift that arrived late
- why it seems to be so difficult to ever re-buy a particular scent I like because they always seem to be discontinued when the ones I hate stay on the shelves for years (Bath & Body Works Raspberry, I’m talking to you.. you need to go away.)
- the experience of cleaning out the Geezer’s closet last weekend
- the irritation of a back spasm
- and one other that seems to have gone out of my head now.
All were deleted because I got about four sentences in then decided I didn’t want to talk about those in any more depth than those few phrases.
My brain is all scattered this evening and I was becoming very frustrated with myself. Not helpful.
This year – especially this first quarter – I am trying to keep a positive outlook on things since I have some rather large projects in the works and negativity is not going to help at all. So when I started getting irked at myself for my lack of focus this evening, I decided to take a deep breath and spin my brain in a different and more positive direction. I stepped away and played “Find the Cookie!” with Shadow, lit one of my lovely smelling candles, put on one of my favorite playlists and closed my eyes for a moment. I began thinking about things other than what was causing me angst.
I started thinking of how I want to make eggs Benedict this weekend and how comfy my bed is. I started thinking of how lovely a fresh layer of snow will be and how I intend to watch the flakes fall. I added a few things to my wish list, played with the kaleidoscope app on my iPad (some of the results you see here) and did a little surfing for some new books to read.
It was not long before I felt much less frustrated and was able to focus a little better on something to talk about on this lovely Saturday: focus.
Now, I don’t know about you, but my brain is always a whirlwind of things. Ideas, projects, to-do lists, random thoughts and a whole host of other random bits swirling about my head like Dorothy’s house in the cyclone. Focus is something I’ve had to work on most of my life. Some things I can hone in on with the precision of a laser, others elude me like a will-o-the-wisp. My mother said it was because I was smart and creative. I have other words for it, but hers are more complimentary and so we’ll go with those.
When I find I can’t focus on something, or come up with a solution for a problem, I think about something else. Goddess Sabrina has mentioned her tendency to do jigsaw puzzles while she’s plotting. It distracts a part of her brain so she can focus more on what she needs to work out in the story. I think that is one of the most genius ideas I have heard in a long time. It’s like playing a smoke and mirrors game with your mind. She is much more organized about her method, whereas I just flutter off to other things until something clicks into place and I can go back to what I needed to do.
I would love to hear how you all focus on a project. Does it come naturally or have you come up with tricks that help you out? And if you have any book suggestions you want to share, I’m in the mood for some good butt-kicking alpha males (especially since I stupidly just packed my Black Dagger Brotherhood books)