I’m writing a post about how to focus while I have two word docs open with different essay prompts in both, and an article waiting to be edited for the rccblog.
It’s not that I have a problem focusing on mudane tasks like work or school, it’s more like I can’t focus on anything, ever. Like a career path…as soon as I see a career that seems like fun listed somewhere I usually change my mind and set my sights on that. But then I decide I don’t want to give up a previous one so now I have two. So I continue looking and find a 3rd, and a 4th. And they all seem really great, and I don’t want FOMO to kick in so I just decide I can do them all. And pretty soon I have ten different career paths in front of me all leading in different directions.
My problem is I need to focus on one of those ten paths, and stick with it. At least for a little bit. You know, find out where it goes…see where I end up. But I suck at sticking to
anything, I tend to get bored and am ready to move on before the ink dries.
And to answer your searching questions, yes I am like this in all aspects of my life. Including relationships, well lack there of. It’s that damn FOMO again, taking over. For those of your who don’t know FOMO is the fear of missing out. I wrote a great little article about it for college candy, if you are too lazy to google you should go check it out.
So back to focusing…why is it that my generation seems to have this crazy ability to not know how to focus. Could it be that we have just become so over stimulated with the use of all of the new technology out there, that we have lost the ability to just choose one thing to do.
Even the phyic I went to saturday gave me a lecture on how I need to focus…you know things are wrong when an ex journalist turned physic is telling you what to do.
Hopefully if I write up some witty step by step guide we will all be able to start focusing more, and stop trying to be effecicant multitaskes…because let’s be real, it doesn’t exist.
Step 1: Form a to do list, featuring the things that need to get done or that are past their due date first.
Step 2: Limit your number of tab’s to three at any given time. This is one of my biggest problems. I almost always have 6 tab’s and two windows open at all times…it’s something I’m working on.
Step 3: If you feel yourself starting to slip take a break and move around. Try doing jumping jacks or a few crunches. And if you have time take a shower to collect your thoughts.
Step 4: Go back to your list. If you are stuck on the first item and can’t get past it move to the second. This happened with one of my essays for myth and culture, sometimes not matter how easy the assignment is you just can’t do it.
Step 5: After at least 3 maybe 4 things have been cross off your list, reward yourself however you see fit. I usually do this by going outside, or if it’s cold/gross watching an episode of one of the many shows that I don’t have time to watch during the week.
Step 6: Go back to the list, working slowly to finish it off. Never, I repeat NEVER try to multitask. This will only get you off track. You will think that you are able to do more things and at a faster rate-but it will actually take you a longer amount of time. Plus your computer will go slow.
Here’s to you, Gen Y, the generation of unfocusers and hard works. Together we can pull through this!