I’ve been sitting here wasting time and getting nothing done. Unfocused. Distracted. And that has been happening for too many days.
But this morning, I lit a candle here on my desk. Just on a whim.
There’s something so wonderful about candlelight. Warm and comforting, as it flickers and dances. Almost like it burns away the distraction and brings my mind into focus.
There are so many stimuli in my world right now, so many interferences that keep me from what I need to be doing. Some are self-imposed, of course. But we’re at the mercy of many and just need to find ways to cope.
I’ve probably tried every hint in the book to try to stay focused. Turn off social media. Plug in appropriate music (that means not too upbeat or too calming – either of which cause their own problems). Block out time to work on the project. Eliminate interruptions as much as possible. Set a timer. You’ve tried these too and more, haven’t you?
All sorts of tools and plans and strategies to just be able to get things done. And this morning, the one thing that has worked above all else is that candle. Somehow, the soft glow brought my focus back to what I needed to do.
What simple tools help you focus?