I was talking with a friend recently and got off topic at least five times. My mind felt like a butterfly, flitting from one flower to the next.
Finally, I said, “We better end this conversation before I bring up another random topic!”
Normally I’m able to think clearly, but recently it’s been hard to focus. I know this is in great part to losing my sister and being behind in my work. And I know I should have sat down and made a list of what I have to do, but that would have required more mental energy than I’ve had. And so I’ve hopped from one urgent need to the next without a master plan.
I decided to share this with you today because I’m proof that even a well-organized, focused woman can go through periods when the best-laid-plans fall apart. There are times when circumstances drain our emotional resources. There are times when grief, worry and stress fog up the windshield of our minds, making what’s right in front of our face blurred.
Thankfully, I’ve been here before and know how to get out. But I couldn’t do it until I was ready. I knew I had to allow some time before I whipped myself into shape. And so I’ve given myself grace. Grace to be cluttered. Grace to be forgetful. Grace to be less than attentive. Grace to scrounge for leftovers days in a row. Grace to make five trips to the store when I would normally make one.
Yesterday, for the first time in about two months, I felt ready to get my focus back. And so I did a few things that I knew would help, and they did. So I wanted to share them with you in hopes they will help you.
First, I picked up a new devotional book by Joanna Weaver, which prompted me to read God’s Word. It’s called “At the Feet of Jesus: Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary Heart.” Oh how that called to a place in my soul. I needed to be at the feet of Jesus and to meditate on God’s Word. Scripture has power, and it helped me focus my mind.
Then I did some other things, not necessarily in order:
- I made a phone call I’d been putting off. Just getting that small task taken care of helped.
- I cleared some clutter in my work area.
- I started a new master task/project list and transferred information from small pieces of paper that were in the clutter.
- I set a goal of a certain number of emails to reply to – and made the goal. I’ll set another goal tomorrow.
I’ve still got lots of work to do, but I feel more focused. Oh, and I did NOT forget to pick a winner from Wednesday’s post. Congratulations to Donna who posted at 4:47 a.m. (PST) on October 10th. I’ve sent you a private email, Donna.
Thanks to all who entered and all who are reading this today. And I’d love to hear how you focus.
With much love,