FOCUS

This world is moving so fast these days. I mean, technically it’s not spinning faster than it was 10 or 15 years ago (I don’t think), but with advanced technology, most people have become better multitaskers. Maybe better isn’t the correct word. It surely isn’t correct for me. I feel like I’ve been forced into some futuristic world where it’s almost impossible to just sit and relax with good company without everyone tuning out by looking at their phones, tablets, or television. I’m guilty too. Oh so very guilty. I’ve been sucked into this vortex and I’m having trouble getting out of it. Gone are the days where I could just go to the bathroom and think to myself or read a good book. Oh no, now I have to make sure to take my phone and spend waste more time on Facebook or checking useless e-mails. I know it’s gross, but you know you do it too!

Another problem I have is getting through one book at a time. There are so many great reads out there! I would go buy about 5 books at a time and expect to read just a little bit of each one every few days. Tell me you have this problem too and I’m not just a crazy lady. I feel so bad for most people who try to have a conversation with me (especially my husband), because I just tune them out without realizing it. I can’t count the times that my husband has had to repeat himself to me. I completely bar talk him all…the…time. I don’t do it on purpose. I don’t even realize I’m doing it. Well, I didn’t realize it, but now I’m trying much harder to put my agenda aside and completely FOCUS on others around me. This is my word for 2017, but I’m starting early.

Realizing that you have a problem is the first step towards change. 

There are so many signs that have been screaming in my face lately, telling me that my lack of focus is a real problem. My husband feeling like he’s not important to me was a huge smack in my face. So I vow to go against the grain and the world’s ways of doing things, to help my friends and family feel more loved by me. Focusing will help me too. I will be able to accomplish so much more. My first experiment with focus was to get through an entire book before going on to another. And guess what? I did it. I finished an entire book! That’s so huge for me. Now I’m working on another. It’s so refreshing to actually remember what’s going on in the book because you’re not switching between several books at a time.

So, here are some things that I’m going to do to help me focus in 2017. I’m not going to try everything all at once because I’m afraid that would set me up for quick failure. Maybe you can give some of these a try too.

  1. As mentioned above, I vow to only read one book at a time. This doesn’t include my Bible time or my devotional.
  2. I will stop getting notifications from Facebook on my phone. This should drastically reduce my time on there. When I see a notification pop up, I just have to see what so and so said.
  3. I will spend more time in God’s Word and prayer, asking him for daily guidance and for His help to help me focus more on the people and things that truly matter the most, Him being my first priority.
  4. I will intentionally stop and listen when someone is talking to me. I will also tell them to hold on a sec if I’m not ready to honestly listen. Or maybe I’ll even ask them to talk to me later when I’m not focused on something else.
  5. I’m going to create a schedule for myself that will include time at the gym, play time with the kids, chores, and maybe even down time.
  6. I will stop trying to multitask. This means, I will stop checking out Facebook on my phone while playing a game on my tablet, while the television is on and my kids need me. Yeah, I’m seriously guilty of this. Pretty pathetic huh.
  7. I will seek out others who value real relationships and one on one time with others. People who can put their phones down and look me in the eyes and savor our time together.

What will you do to be more focused? Or maybe you don’t have a problem staying focused. If you could choose one word to gear your life around in 2017, what would it be?

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