Note To Self - Take Your Own Advice!

Last Update: October 02, 2019

Do you ever wish your own brain would listen to its own advice? Go on. Admit it. Raise your hand if the shoe fits. Seriously. I'll admit it. Shoot, I'll shout it from the mountaintop! I keep dishing this advice (and I'm always giving it to myself first and foremost), but sometimes, I don't let it sink in!

Huh?

Yep. From the mountains, I'm shouting tonight, "Just listen to yourself"! About what, you ask? Let me share a secret with you - only if you're interested. Actually, it won't be a secret any longer, but it's worth sharing.

Focus.

Just yesterday for my website, I wrote an article addressed to stay-at-home mamas about maintaining focus, specifically if they were homeschooling. You see, it's become an issue for me, and part of me being at home with my kiddos allows me to teach them. It's great! (But I also want to build this business!)

I say all the right things, and my advice seems to make so much sense. Even to myself! Do you think my brain can just settle and focus? Nope! In my writing, I compared myself to a squirrel, chasing after one nut and then several others.

For example, let me give you a snapshot of my last 17 minutes. Log in to email. Check all emails and respond to new followers. Read and comment on blog posts. Check to see if there are any site comments available. Welcome new WA Premium members. Reply to other messages. Check to see if there are any site comments available (I know I already did that; I had to check again). Leave a site comment. Approve organic comments to websites. Read through a couple new trainings. Respond to a couple emails.

Whew!

You see? SQUIRREL! My brain is no different from having 1,238 tabs open at once in my Chrome browser! Jeepers. I can't handle myself sometimes! I did just drink some coffee; that could be part of the problem. However, here's the problem: When I logged in to WA, my INTENTION was to write a new article for my website. As you noticed, I haven't even begun that yet.


Someone Please Validate My Behavior

Ha! Tell me I'm not completely insane! I don't think it's wrong that I'm meandering about within the platform. However, I do know that I need to focus on producing relevant content for my websites. I do so enjoy lingering around here learning from you and welcoming our newbies! If I'm honest, I'm addicted. Boom! I said it.

I love WA. You already know that if you've read my other WA blog posts. I just can't stay away! The friendships I have made and the encouragement I've been receiving just keeps me coming back for more! At the top of that list is the knowledge I just keep soaking in. I feel like a sponge. (A squirrely sponge.)

Anyway, I just wanted to share these thoughts in hopes that I could now settle to focus on writing some content! Perhaps you feel the same? Perhaps not. Maybe you've got it together. If so, could you please share your tricks and secrets? Is there a 'calming nut' out there I can chase?

Thanks for reading, friends! I'm off to try to FOCUS! Closing at least one tab...

Ciao For Now,
~Heidi

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megawinner Premium
Hi Heidi! it struck me on your title, hear your own advice. Sometimes and most of the time for some other points we know the answers but we do not do or apply what we would advice give to others. Self affirmation is more important than affirmation of others. The best buddy is the friend you see in front of the mirror, the first thing in the morning. Focus is easy to write but it is a little difficult to apply. Thanks for an insightful message. - Florentino
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HeidiAnders3 Premium
Oh, Florentino! Thank you for this! I just love how everyone here is so quick to support me - especially you. Thank you for allowing me to be real and share my honesty. You never judge, only offer sound advice. I am humbled. Thank you, my friend! Blessings!🙂
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megawinner Premium
Hi, my friend, as always! Thank you too, Heidi, for your support.
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Cav1966 Premium Plus
Do the same thing weekly. Like tonight i knew when i sat down to the laptop i only had 90 minutes to work..just 90
Well 45 minutes of that was email..looking through WA..asking and posting a question that basically i already knew the answer too..
So that 90 minutes of actually work ie making and wfiting a new page for my site was only about 30 minutes...'did i finish NOPE now i have to finish tomorrow.
Lol dont be too hard on yourself i have been here over a year now and sometimes the squirrels get in the way.
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HeidiAnders3 Premium
So many squirrels! It is easy to become one!🤪 Thanks for your advice! Hope you finish that article today! You have a start! Cheers!!😁
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Jules73 Premium
So funny Heidi, don't beat yourself up though, I'm pretty sure we've all been guilty of this, maybe it's the way I read your post but I could really visualise the squirrel gathering up nuts 😂 so a great analogy and way with words.

I find the Google chrome countdown timer very efficient and keeps me in line, while blogging here is important it is equally important to keep some writing juice for your website which is the main reason we are all here...wishing you continued success 👍
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HeidiAnders3 Premium
Thank you, my friend!! I love beginning and ending my day with WA...it fuels my desire to produce creativity...and interact with awesome people like you! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. I appreciate you! 😊
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EHR Premium
Bouncing ideas off others and socializing is a part of what we do. That's why we have this huge group called WA. So it's natural. If it's the time factor you are concerned about, set a count down clock. You will probably ignore it, but at least you can say you set one. Gene
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HeidiAnders3 Premium
I may take your advice, Gene! A countdown clock might help! Then again, I'm not someone who can start something and just stop if I run out of time. I am one who needs to complete a task before moving on. I will try it though! It may keep me better focused during that time. Cheers!!😎
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Stanleycmng Premium
Agree we should practice what we preach. I find reflecting on what I teach and making sure I apply it is critical. I teach project and product management to companies and tell them all they have to invest online for their business to grow. If I am not doing anything online, that would make me a hypocrite. We should reflect and listen to our own words and then take action.
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HeidiAnders3 Premium
Thanks for weighing in! I agree 100%. 🙂
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