I Can't Get Focused
and I Don't Have the
Time to Figure Out How
by Janet L. Hall
As we continue with our series, Procrastination Demons, I'd like
to ask you:
How do you spend your time and what are you focusing on?
Everyday you go through the same routine, many times unaware
of what you are really doing or not doing. Your life has become
a tangled mess of habits and excuses, especially when it comes
to dealing with your clutter and messes, right?
Today let's look at some of the time and focus excuses I hear
and ones that you might be saying to yourself and others:
Excuse 1: I don't have the time.
Well what exactly are you doing with all your time? Do you
really know where your time is being spent and on what?
You can guess and estimate all you want; however until you
really become aware, possibly keep a time log of how you are
spending your time, you really won't know for certain. Get a
copy of our free time log at:
http://www.overhall.com/time/time_management_log.htm and keep
track for a day or two, or better yet keep track for a week, of
where and how you are spending your time. After this is
completed you will know what you can adjust, change, or stop
doing to become more focused.
- How many of my hours are really productive or generate
How many of my hours are spent looking for things?
- How many of my hours are wasted watching TV, being a
- How many of my hours are spent gossiping on the phone?
- How many of my hours are spent surfing the Internet for
Excuse 2: I'm too busy.
Let's get honest here. Are you really that busy that you can't
take a half hour, half or whole day to tackle and sort through
some of your piles, clutter, and stuff? Now I know that when
one does get a little extra time they want to spend it doing
whatever they want and that's okay. What we are attempting to
do is create some semblance of balance.
For instance, if you are curled up in front of the TV or outside
playing, whatever it might be that you do when you catch some
'free time,' and your piles and stuff are overtaking your life
and environment then you are out of balance.
Remember, if you know what to do and are neglecting those to-
do's then you are procrastinating or unfocused. Not too many
people want to clean out their closet or sort through paper piles
when a good movie is on and they could just lay around and
relax without a care in the world. Or go play outside on a
beautiful day rather then stay indoors going through piles. After
all, you'll get your to-do's done one day, right? Which beings us
Excuse 3: I'll get organized someday.
- When will your someday come?
- Will you get organized before family services comes and
removes your children from your home?
- Will you get organized before your spouse, partner, or
roommate has had enough and moves out?
- Will you get organized before you lose a promotion or worse yet
Excuse 4: I'm waiting for the right and perfect time.
Will the right and perfect time be after the above happens, when
you are rudely awakened and forced to focus on your clutter
issues? Believe me, giving up a TV show or a nice day is much
better then going through the hell you will endure if any of the
above happen to you.
Excuse 5: I have more important things to do.
Have you ever noticed how you don't mind doing the other little
things you've been putting off when you think you're ready to
tackle a project? This could be any project, not necessarily an
organizing project. This happens to all us procrastinators,
including myself. Just when you're ready to jump into something
you suddenly notice that this or that needs taken care of first.
Excuse 6: I'm looking for a quick fix.
If you are looking for a quick fix, well there really isn't one.
Every pile, mess, and disorganized area must be sorted through.
Decisions must be made:
- Toss: Is it okay to toss?
- Keep, Donate, or Refer: Where to keep, who to donate or
- Repair: Will you use it if fixed?
- Recycle: What can be recycled and how will you handle these
items to get out the door?
- Read: When will you have the time to read and is it really
important to read?
Excuse 7: I have interruptions all day long.
First of all let me tell you that when you have clutter and chaos in
your life you are interrupting yourself!
- What or whom is interrupting me?
- What or whom is 'taking' time away from me?
- What or whom is causing me to lose focus?
After you have identified your what and whom interruptions ask
yourself what you can do to put a stop to those interruptions.
For instance, if you don't know how to properly use the
equipment or technology you are using, that's suppose to save
you time, then you really need to plan some learning time in order
to get the best use out of your equipment and technology or
delegate those tasks to someone more knowledgeable.
If certain people are always interrupting you then you need to
step up and set boundaries with those people. Create some rules
or guidelines of when you are available, and be nice about it.
Excuse 8: I have so much going on I can't stay focused on
This is ME! I have so many projects, products, web sites,
clients, and to-do's it's very hard for me to stay focused at times.
That's just in my business life. I also have things in my home life
and outside my job and home that I want to focus on. You too?
Well let me tell you, one of my coaches got a hold of me at the
beginning of the year and made me sit down with her and make a
list of the things I have going on. Then she told me I had to pick
5 and only 5 items from my list. After talking about and going
through all the items I was finally able to determine and pick out
the 5 most important items to keep my focus on.
Now that doesn't mean I need to give up all the other items on
my list, I don't have to abandon them. I'm just not focusing on
them until I have completed a task from my top 5 focus areas.
So, make a list of all the items you want to get organized,
focused on, and completed and pick out only 5 items, the ones
that are causing you the most pain and chaos in your life and let's
start working on them together.
Don't let your lack of focus grow and overpower you - taking
over your life, and your environment, let me help you.
Janet is a Professional Organizer - Certified,
Certified Pyramid Feng Shui Practitioner, Speaker, and Author
and can help you regain control of your life, your time, your
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