eZine Masthead Nov13
Focus, Damn it! Focus!
By Pat Obuchowski
“The saints, too, had wandering minds. The saints, too, had constantly to recall their constantly wandering mind-child home. They became saints because they continued to go after the little wanderer, like the Good Shepherd.” 
- Peter Kreeft, Prayer for Beginners
I don’t think I quite fall into the ‘saint’ category, but I am happy to hear that they, too, battled the tyranny of being distracted by the shiny objects that pass by us ever so frequently.  As I was beginning to write this eZine, I got distracted by looking at pictures of Zach Galifianakis, Russell Brand, and the cast of Ducks Dynasty with and without beards.  Just in case you need a distraction.
Now that’s a distraction!
Although, it provided me with this topic.
“I didn’t list listening as one of my skills, probably because I didn’t hear what the interviewer asked.”
- Jarod Kinitz, This Book Title is Invisible
Recently, I seem to be more challenged in determining my priorities and staying focused on these.  I have sought out advice on this topic for the last few months and here are the tips that I have found useful.
  • Create a ‘to do’ list first thing when you get to your desk. Doing it at the end of the day doesn’t work for me as this just makes me feel bad for all I didn’t get done. The beginning of the day is just that: a new beginning.
  • Determine when you are most productive and make an appointment with yourself at that time. Set a 10 minute advance alert and a 5 minute alert so you can set aside whatever you are doing for what you have determined a priority.
  • Shut down email and turn off your phone. I am dead serious on this. People can wait.
  • OK, if you absolutely cannot turn these things off, set them up so you can differentiate the important messages from those that can wait.
  • Let those around you know this time is important and to respect it. You’ll be a good model for them if you can hold yourself accountable to sticking with this.
  • Find someone else who can be accountable with you.
  • Know that we can’t really stay focused for too long. Start with 30 minutes of focus on the subject and set a timer.

Let me know what works for you.  I can use all the help I can get to Focus, damn it! Focus!

“Time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible, then one must try to wriggle through by subtle maneuvers.”
– Franz Kafka
Work/Life Puzzle Piece
Photo: "Focus" by Margolove
ARTICLE: How to Stay Focused: The Four Basic Requirements
VIDEO: The Importance of Focus  - Richard St. John
BOOKS:  Prayer for Beginners by Peter Kreeft and This Book Title is Invisible by Jarod Kinitz
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Pat Obuchowski
Brief Biography
Pat Obuchowski is the CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) of inVisionaria. inVisionaria is a company devoted to helping people and organizations find and achieve their vision and their voice. She works with individuals and organizations that are looking for structure, focus and accountability to set and achieve their goals. She also works with people who are ready to make big changes in their businesses and their lives and step into the leaders they've been yearning to be. People who are ready, willing and able to begin playing their "Bigger Game." No kidding. Right now.
The approach to achieve this and create this alliance is individually based and is designed between Pat and each of her clients.
Until next time, I wish you joy and fun and ease and effortlessness!
Pat Obuchowski 
CEO, Chief Empowerment Officer 
Helping people step into their roles as leaders in their businesses, their communities and the world. Helping people and organizations find their "Bigger Game™".
A big thanks to Louise Goeckel of LetsGoForward.biz for correcting me on my quote accredited to Mother Theresa last month. It is NOT Mother Theresa that said “May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.” It was Saint Theresa.  Thanks Louise! We try our best.
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