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4/21/19 4:30 P

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When I feel like I am losing focus, I get out a notebook and write down the stuff I need to do/get done and stick to my list. This helps me focus on important things.



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4/21/19 4:12 P

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Have an outlet for things that occur to you as you are doing something else. If you keep a small notepad with you or use the one on your phone then you can make a note of the thing that you need to do or want to investigate later. This can stop your jump down the rabbit hole while letting you revisit whatever occurs to you at a later time that you plan out. flylady.net and habitica.com and wunderlist.com and cozi.com are all apps and websites to help with your to dos. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg is also an amazing resource and some people really take to the bullet journal. One other thing that I found helpful (I like lists wayyy too much) was to really prioritize no more than 3-5 things a day and to pick out those things the night before or first thing in the morning. It makes it much easier to accomplish tasks when you don't have to flitter about trying to figure out what you should be doing.

Do you meditate? It can be very difficult to learn how to stop, be, breathe and take a mindful inventory of where you are, but this might help you out in the long run.

You also need to know how you write. Some people can sit down and knock everything out in a go, but a lot of people need to set time limits and breaks. So instead of trying to carve out a 2 hour block at once, plan for 30 minutes writing, 20-30 minutes at another task, 30 minutes writing, 20-30 minutes at another task, 30 minutes writing, an hour at another task, then an hour to revise and edit what you wrote before. Adjust this based on how long you can keep focused on the task at hand and how long it actually takes you to do stuff.

-google first. ask questions later.

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4/20/19 1:56 P

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Do not multi-task ... stick with one task and see it through to the end.



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6/11/18 2:06 A

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It is called procrastination if I am not mistaking, try to google this problem, there are tons of really good advices such as making a break, physical exercises, time management and self organizing. I am working as a freelance writer at Bid4papers , and I always suffer from distraction and procrastination, just trying to stay concentrated as much as possible, this is not so easy as it might seem.
Another problem is lack of ideas, sometimes you just trivially dunno what to write about. Here are great advices how to generate more and more ideas bid4papers.com/blog/creative-ideation-tech
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, and I 100% agree with Stephen King this time, that healthy body and good menthal health create the necessary platform for creative working.

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11/30/17 8:49 A

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11/27/17 1:58 A

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I see that's a great idea,if i have any more questions i will let you know thanks:)

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11/27/17 1:57 A

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Thanks i think i will just add more breaks into my work. Not trying to do everything together.

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11/27/17 12:26 A

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If I figure it out. I will let you know........SQUIRREL



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11/26/17 2:31 P

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Thanks,Patti! I didn't even think about the use of translation tools! I love your response to the OP, too.

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11/26/17 1:01 P

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I think this had a few "translational errors" (probably voice to print technology that my son also uses....) Pass a journal = post a journal.... and several other words.

Sometimes...we just "bite off more than we can chew" at once. We can't always multitask...nor can we sort through feelings/hopes/events on command. Our brains just aren't wired that way. When you are frustrated try this: Stop what you are doing. write down 2 things that are frustrating you. Write down three ideas to solve each. Choose ONE item from your list to try.

Example: I am frustrated actually typing the journal
or, I am frustrated explaining my feelings...
Typing: use a pencil and paper first;
try an outline like writing a school essay;
or narrow the topic.

Explaining feelings: is being stuck based on memories?
or, is it based on fear of the future?
or, are you distracted by some other priority right now (like having to fix dinner?)

Decision: I'm going to fix dinner, and then I will come back to my journal problem, and choose one of the other "solutions" I've written down as a next step.... (probably narrow the topic...)

Don't give up...just put it away for awhile, and come back later.
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11/26/17 7:36 A

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I don't quite understand what "pass a journal" means but can you break the task into smaller segments? Maybe you can set a timer for a period of time, like 10, 15, or 20 minutes. When that period ends, get up take a break and then go back?

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11/26/17 3:30 A

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So yesterday i wanted to pass a journal on my computer, i could have finished in 2 hours but it took me 5 hours after that i felt frustrated ,drained. et.c

When i try to do something fast or better(improve) my mind wonders from the point A to B,C

I become too conscious on my movement and i lack of awareness and that gets me really irritated even though i don't quit i hate those feelings because i can't move on with my life i am stacked.

So any ideas how to stop my mind from wondering when i try to do something? I Really want to be in the present. WIthout being able to control my focus i cannot improve or change anything.

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