I've struggled with chronic distraction and ADD issues all my life.
I was a terrible student, a pretty forgetful friend, and have missed lots of days of productivity at work just because I couldn't set my mind on a task and do it.
It's been one of the biggest sources of frustration and insecurity for me nearly all my life because I felt like "my brain is broken. I can't focus like other people."
That all changed in December 2020 when I finally found out a process that is absolutely fool-proof for me.
It's now been 182 days, and the only workdays that were unfocused were because I was sick in bed.
If you struggle with focus, here is a quick guide to hopefully put you on the right path:
I said this for something 33 years in a row. It's a lie, and a crippling one if you hold on to it.
How do you prove that it's a lie?
Could you do it?
I'm guessing you could. That's because we are able to command our focus for tiny things without much effort.
Now that's not the same as sitting down to work on something important, but it proves that "I can't focus" is a lie.
The day that I learned to focus, I woke up with a migraine, my son was throwing a massive tantrum in the next room, and I was feeling very small for having nearly seven days of zero-focus in a row.
Here's what I did that changed everything for me:
In the beginning of my recovery, I had to do this strict process every single day, multiple times a day.
Now, I just do some quick "focus journaling" at the beginning of every workday and it gets my brain primed to do focused work.
It would be no exaggeration to say that this has been completely life changing for me. That's why I feel the need to share it with fellow IndieHackers.
If you have questions, or if you try this, let me know what you think!
I share more stuff like this daily on Twitter, so would to connect with you over there too: @JamieHoward
Thanks for reading!