The Effective Author: The Number One Secret for Focusing
© 2017 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved.
If you have been reading this series on The Effective Author, you know that you need to allocate time for your writing and author business matters. You also need to tend to the energy of yourself and your workspace to have the productivity you want. But, having already organized your time management and your office energy, how many times have you sat down to work, with 3 glorious hours ahead of you, and you couldn’t write a thing? If this has ever happened to you, you need The Number One Secret for Focusing, as follows.
Focusing isn’t simply a matter of telling your brain loudly to simmer down and get to work. This brain jamming isn’t happening only to you. I recently heard a talk by writing professor, Dr. Laura Tohe. Dr. Tohe is the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate and the author of a recent book on the Code Talkers, among other works. As a side comment, she said, “Well, I can’t just write for two hours and then switch to grading papers.”
This brought to mind two ways to think about the process of getting ready to sit down and write. First, think of yourself needing to change gears smoothly. Would you try to shift your race car without using the clutch? Impossible. You would strip the gears and stop the action. If writing is delicious fun for you, think of eating at a banquet. After the main course, sorbet might be served to cleanse the palate before you move on to the next course and truly focus on it. So we need some kind of delicious gear-changing to move into writing mode. The Number One Secret for Focusing is to take a few minutes to change gears at the beginning of your writing time. Here are some ways to change gears that anyone can use:
- Run in place for 2 minutes and stretch for 3 minutes.
- Visit my Pinterest board, “Adorable,” for 5 minutes. It’s mainly sweet young animals, which command your entire brain’s attention.
- Edit photos for 15 minutes.
- Pray for others for 5 minutes.
- Hand-wash several items for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Cut up vegetables to cook for a meal later. Or apples to bake in a dessert.
- Do 5 to 10 minutes of pliés, hip rotations, or other favorite exercises.
- Meditate for 10 to 20 minutes.
Now your mind is clear and you’re ready to write. You’re in the zone, in the vibration of The Effective Author. Happy writing!
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert and author of the award-winning book, Discover the Secret Energized You, as well as the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book, Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, is available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com for more info. Like this article? Buy Kebba’s books by clicking the links! Reach the writer at email@example.com. For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: firstname.lastname@example.org.