This poster by Courtney E. Martin and Wendy Macnaughton hangs in my bathroom. I work at home so you can imagine how many times a day I see this message. It’s a powerful message, an important message, and what I want to do. And what I’m having the biggest challenge doing.
Like most of us, I’ve got many projects going at once: writing the memoir (I’m 125,000 words in and close to the end of the notebook draft, but I don’t have the beginning yet); creating new workshops (The Southern California Writers’ Conference/LA is coming up and I’m really excited about three new memoir workshops I’ll be offering); leading a couple of memoir read and critique groups through San Diego Writers, Ink; I’ve been invited to edit their annual anthology, A Year in Ink, again this year (thrilled!). Oh, and I’ve also been invited to be on a panel at the first San Diego Festival of Books later this month.
That’s lots to focus on and that’s the thing—I can only focus on one thing at a time; that’s what focus means: a central point of attention or activity. I’m glad I’m learning about time-blocking, meaning setting aside a specific time for a single focus. I hope I get better at doing it, and keeping to the structure.
And of course, I see that poster several times every day reminding me to Focus. I love the last couple of lines of the poster:
A wise man once said, There’s a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in. Get after that light. This is your assignment.
How about you? How do you get after that light? How do you focus?