Guest Post: How to Stay Focused

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I would like to welcome my first guest-poster… Rainy of the Dark.
She is mysterious woman – I still do not know her real name – but I can credit her for helping me stay focused and motivated on the much more serious side of blogging – getting articles promoted, making new blogosphere friends, and learning (way too much) about technology…
Enter Rainy…

At first glance, this is a pot-and-kettle situation. I have the attention span of a. . .oh, shiny! However, with the aid of a lot of coffee and sticky notes, I’ve managed to develop a few techniques that keep me focused on the task—or tasks—at hand. Hopefully they’ll work for you, too.
Know why you’re here. Usually one project is leading into another. Learning to sew pillows so you can design your own clothes. Learning to train house cats so you can handle tigers for the circus. Starting a blog so you can take over the world. Whatever it is, keep that end goal in mind. Chant it before bed, put it on a sticky note on your keyboard for the morning, sing about it in the shower. If you love the end goal, the smaller projects are more meaningful. Or, at least, bearable.
Break it down. I don’t mean dance. That’s a distraction, and you don’t need another one. I mean, break down one goal into smaller ones. For example, if you want to have one thousand followers on Twitter, aim for one hundred, first. If you really need motivation, break it down per day. Yes, this means you may have goals inside of goals inside of goals. Sticky notes are wonderful.
Don’t set deadlines. No one likes deadlines. Set something else, like time frames. Using the word “deadline” is just asking for it to be ignored. You could consider setting reasonable time frames. Or, you could consider setting nearly unachievable ones and see how close you can get to it. I use a variety of both. You may need to consult your doctor before trying that, though.
Know your Kryptonite. Figure out what is really keeping you away from your goals. It could be television, Twitter, or simply staring at the wall. We all need to do that from time to time. Set a limit to what you may do, such as one television show or an hour of wall gazing. Then stick to that until you’ve reached your goal for the day.
Make more time. Alright, so we don’t have Hermoine’s magical time gadget, but we can carve a few extra minutes here and there. Try smartphone apps, giving up one party night a month, or adopting a cat. That’s sure to wake you up earlier every morning.
Most of all, build a community both online and offline. Too many people keep their goals personal. That’s okay, because not everyone wants to know about it. But try to rope in a few people. If others know, you may feel a bit more motivated. At the very least, they’ll understand all the sticky notes.
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Have you found it helpful to have a blogging buddy or a group of like-minded people that you can bounce ideas off of, or someone who gets you inspired, motivated or keeps you focused?

Please share your experiences and thoughts by leaving a comment below (comments are always open to the public here, just add your name and website if you like too!)

If you would like to guest post, please contact me. Always making new friends.

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