Just Keep Swimming: How I Stay Focused

Just Keep Swimming Stay Focused

By Michelle Loftis

Remember Dory, the blue tang fish from Pixar’s “Finding Nemo”? With a six-year-old and a two-year-old in the house, I’ve probably watched “Finding Nemo” a dozen times. So it’s not surprising that when life got a little wonky and I can’t seem to stay focused this past week, I found myself singing her trademark song.

3 Words to Stay Focused

For a little back story, at the beginning of the year, I joined Chris Brogan’s Three Word challenge to help define what I wanted my 2017 to look like. This was my first year trying the challenge, and after a bit of thought, I picked “Here, Laughter, and Move”.

Here – Being more present in whatever situation I’m in (not thinking about grant research while playing with the kids)

Laughter – Initiating more laughter-inducing moments into my day

Move – Focusing on moving more whether it’s at the gym or during after dinner walks

That Was So Last Week

If you’d asked me last week how I was doing on keeping my three words top of mind, I would have said “Great!” But that was last week…

  • Last week I wasn’t knee deep in a HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes grant application.
  • Last week my kids weren’t having Dr. Seuss dress up week, Rodeo, class pictures and Super Hero day all in the same week.
  • Last week my family didn’t have commitments every single evening on top of my husband working late doing after-hours IT infrastructure upgrades for his clients.

Yep. It’s officially crazy in my household right now and the thing is, I know I’m not alone. I know that many of you are smack dab in the middle of your own grant application deadlines, work, and family commitments and that the idea of making progress on those beginning-of-the-year goals is laughable.

So how can we stay on track? How can we keep moving forward? I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. Simplify. Focus on the one thing that absolutely has to get done today. And look for small wins.

It’s not easy to stay motivated and keep pushing forward when life causes the unexpected (or expected) to veer us off course. So let’s have a little grace. Take a moment to breathe – Recommit. And then just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

I put together a worksheet that runs through the steps that help me stay on track with my big goals even when life turns upside down. I think you’ll find it helpful. Click the link below to download your copy.

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Michelle Loftis

Michelle is a grant writer, attorney, and professional systematizer. Interested in all things tech, she helps overwhelmed consultants and entrepreneurs with the behind-the-scenes details that go into building and growing an online business.

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