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Goodbye Summer ….. Time to Re-Focus!


Goodbye Summer

Can it really be that my last post was three months ago? Where did the summer go? I honestly don’t feel like I did much of anything, so I don’t know why I haven’t been blogging.

Hmmm, on second thought, I was pretty busy…..

  • my middle son graduated from high school

    Islands Graduation

    Islands High School Class of 2015

  • my oldest son surprised us with a visit
  • I worked
  • G flew over to Germany and brought back his youngest children for a month
  • several friends came to see us
  • we did a lot of boating and cooking out
  • I sent my middle son off to Oglethorpe University.
  • G and I took his kids back to Germany
  • I worked some more

I guess the summer was pretty busy after all.

But now things have calmed down, and I’ve been thinking about this blog and which direction to take it. After all, it hasn’t been very focused, has it?

I thought about a poll, to see what you, dear readers, find most interesting.

I also thought about what has interested me the most, during the writing of What the Focus. I’ve got an idea of where I want to go with it, but I really would like your thoughts.

So please take a few seconds to vote in my poll – just check the category (you can pick more than one) of posts that you have enjoyed the most. And if you’d like to leave a comment about where you’d like to see this blog go (be nice), I would love that even more.

Thanks! I can’t wait to see the results!








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6 Tips to Overcome the Monster in the Closet: Procrastination

the monster in the closet I’ve been thinking about fighting procrastination lately. It’s one of the monsters I battle almost every day. Give me a distraction and I will embrace it like a lover. I can’t help it. Even if I actually want to do a particular project, nine times out of ten I will still procrastinate. It’s in my nature.

At the moment, I’m procrastinating about the novel I’m working on. I started out strong … the first three chapters practically wrote themselves. Nevertheless, every time I sit down at my computer, the monster comes out of the closet and sits beside me, whispering in my ear

What’s happening on Facebook (or Twitter)? or

I wonder what new properties have come on the market downtown (or in the south of France)? or

Whose turn is it in Words With Friends?

It is getting ridiculous!

So, I rifled through some old Feng Shui articles looking for advice, and I came away with some great tips to help deal with procrastination. If you’re reading this, you may very well be procrastinating yourself. If you are, think about what it is you are procrastinating about and how you can relate it to the following:

  1. First, determine if the thing you are procrastinating about is important to YOU. If it’s not, why even bother with it?
  2. Rethink your purpose. Are you thinking that you “have to” do it?  Just thinking that you “have to” do something puts a heavy energy on it. No one wants to do something they’re being told they have to do. You need to either find a way for it to be something you choose to do, or you can simply choose not to do it. Always remember that you are free to make the choice…..even if there will be consequences to face later.
  3. Don’t be a perfectionist. As a writer, that is my biggest energy drain. I want what I put down to be perfect from the start. So I don’t even start. Just do it! Once you begin, the energy will flow and you will have something to work with, even if it needs a lot of tweaking (or in my case, editing).
  4. Break large projects down into smaller tasks. For me, I know I can’t knock out the book in one sitting. I have to concentrate on chapters, or even parts of chapters. If you need to, say, get your taxes done (the “project”), start by collecting all your credit card receipts (a “task”). Allocate 30 minutes to the task. Then make a list of all the tasks associated with the project, and schedule 30 minutes a day to work on each of them. Suddenly, what once seemed daunting will now seem doable.
  5. Plan some fun time. Work it into your schedule so you don’t feel deprived. Whether it’s time alone, time with your friends or family, time to play games or surf the net – just make sure you make time for it. Then once you’ve done that, get to the 30-minute task that is associated with your project. When the 30 minutes is up, reward yourself by doing something you want to do (like seeing what’s popular on Pinterest).
  6. Stay motivated. If you need to, tell someone what you plan to do. That way, you become accountable, and you will be more likely to do it. Believe me, you don’t want to have to tell someone you spent the last half hour watching cute videos of  sleeping puppies instead of working on that outline.

Remember: procrastination can be overcome. People often procrastinate because they have started to think of what they need to do as something unpleasant. The negative energy associated with a project makes it harder and harder to accomplish. By rethinking your purpose – that is, thinking of your project as being something positive – and following the other tips above, you will be able to generate the good energy you need to get things done.

And 30 minutes? Totally doable! Anyone can do something for 30 minutes.

Now, where did that sneaky muse disappear to?

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