Little Bits of Focus

I have a confession.

I’ve been telling myself that I don’t have time to write a blog post, or take a walk, or sweep the kitchen floor because I’m just too busy.

Busy isn’t the problem. The problem is focus. Somedays it’s a lot easier to switch over to check Twitter, or see what’s up with my cousin on Facebook, or check my email, than to focus.

Here’s the thing, I know when I focus, even for a few minutes, I can get a whole lot of work done. What I can accomplish when I’m completely focused on the task at hand is amazing.

So I started challenging myself to focus using an online timer called

I simply put in the number of minutes I want to focus on whatever project I’m working on, press GO! and I’m off.

Just doing this switches my mind into work mode. It brings out something so deeply engrained in me from my days as a magazine art director. I’m racing the clock to meet a deadline. Must. Meet. The. Deadline.

The timer goes off, time has flown by and I have accomplished so much just by giving myself a little bit of time to focus.

What works for you when you need to focus?