OUT OF FOCUS – Dr. Sandy Nelson
Today, in the National Hockey League Western Conference finals, the Chicago Blackhawks will play game four with the Anaheim Ducks. The victor of this series will play for the Stanley Cup—the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League(NHL) playoff winner.
I’m a Blackhawk fan. I watch the games. I get the gist of hockey. I don’t know all the rules, but I think any idiot, myself included, knows that this game, among other things, takes focus and attention.
So I stopped to think about what I focus on. Suddenly my mind was bombarded with a cazillion things that occupy my day and I found it difficult to sort it all out to even have a focus.
Should I focus on my attitude? Or topics for my blog? What about my family? How about those bills? How much housework should I get done today? Maybe I should focus on more research and reading. Then the phone is ringing, the doorbell goes off, the dog is barking. Wait, where are those tips about staying focused; they’re here somewhere on my desk where the cat is sleeping.
To accomplish anything takes focus. And to focus, we need to remove distractions that could take us way off track. We need to put down our phones, turn off the music or TV, defer conversations until later. Then we’re ready to sit down with concentration for the task at hand.
I think it’s wise to start the every day with intentions.
1. Set your intentions for your attitude. Envision your outlook for the day–one of gratitude, kindness, and giving.
2. Decide what’s tasks need to be accomplished. Set the priorities of what projects need your focused attention at work and at home.
4. Then focus on those priorities, without distraction, and you’ll be finished in no time.
Then relax and enjoy what remains of the day. Turn on that TV just in time for a hockey game! I bet you can focus on that!
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