How Is Your Focus?

Focus Pocus

I suffer from Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS… how appropriate), so I am easily distracted. I have learned how to cope with my SOS using several different techniques.

Do you have tips and tricks on how to stay focused? I’d love to hear them – please share.

In this week’s VLOG, I share a few tips that work to keep SOS in check and stay on task (and focused).

Thanks for listening.

I’d love to hear what you think. Please take a moment to leave a comment below and share your thoughts and questions. Or, feel free to share what you learned from this video.

Enjoy your day – Susan

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  1. Patricia Marcero

    Great tips! I am a believer in the ‘Carrot on a stick’ method. I tell myself after I finish whatever task I need to complete I can make a cup of tea or check my SM, etc. It varies based on the length of the task.

    • SE Mershon

      Hi Patricia, great idea, thank you!

  2. Linda

    Hi Susan,

    Great tips, thank you! I also have SOS and find myself wasting all my “work” time. What I started doing was to go to the link page and just book mark it. Then when I have some “free” time I can go check them out and see if they will work for me.

    Just my 2 cents for the day!

    Linda – VA to the ResQ

    • SE Mershon

      Hi Linda, thanks for tips 😉

  3. Mark Hill

    It might not work for everyone, but regarding scheduling/setting timers/turning down the electronic noise, I actually have a good old fashioned kitchen timer on my desk for setting 15-minute intervals of cleaning out the Inbox or catching up on social media or whatnot. Again, it probably doesn’t work for everyone, but I find the metronomic tic-tic-tic comforting and it doesn’t get any competition from the various “You’ve Got Mail” type of electronic messages which are switched off.

    • SE Mershon

      Great idea Mark, thank you for the tips.

  4. MJ Escobar

    Great tips! Love the video format.

    • SE Mershon

      Thank you!

  5. Beth Anne

    I love the tips for scheduling everything from social media, phone calls, to email in the 15 minute chunks. I feel like I get easily distracted when I go to check emails I end up down a rabbit hole of other tasks that I don’t need to be doing.

    • SE Mershon

      Hi Beth Anne, thank you! Email is a huge distraction – I agree. Best to set a schedule to check it a few times a day 😉

  6. KIm Pratt

    This may sound silly but it helps me to focus when I wear my headphones, even when nothing is coming through them..

    • SE Mershon

      Kim – not at all. I need to have music too in order to stay focused. I might try the headphones when my house gets noisy!

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