(Okay. So it's not mid-year yet, but close enough.)
Way back in January, I explained that I had chosen the word FOCUS to . . . well, focus on . . . for the year.
I told you that I wanted to focus on what I might be missing -- at what I'm not seeing -- because I've been too busy looking at what I'm already seeing.
I told you I wanted to . . . adjust my focus.
Now I'm here to report back . . . that I'm doing just that.
Adjusting my focus!
And it's kind of fascinating, actually.
Early in the year, I worked out five basic elements to . . . focus on. (I crack myself up.)
- Re-thinking my priorities. (Where do I want my focus to be?)
- Hacking away at the unessential. (Paring down.)
- Ending the distractions. (Identifying my focus-pullers.)
- Being mindful. (Staying focused.)
- Paying attention to the "space between." (What am I missing?)
Although I'm thinking about all five things all the time, I pretty much started at the top of the list. And I'm working my way down.
Initially, I did a lot of thinking about how I wanted to be spending my time and living my life by setting priorities and making some hard desicions. I'm definitely living a more streamlined life now. I've pruned out a lot of the unessential -- commitments, activities, stuff. I'm saying NO more often than before, but also saying YES when it makes sense. My actions are lining up with my priorities.
Right now, I'm taking a hard look at the distractions in my life. Initially, I thought this would be easy. But . . . well . . . not so much! Turns out I'm easily distracted. I chase shiny objects, and seek out rabbit-holes. I like daydreaming. And going off on tangents. But I'm definitely making progress at figuring this one out.
So, here at (nearly) mid-year, I think I'm onto something: This FOCUS thing . . . is working!
"Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."
--- Alexander Graham Bell