Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 4, 2019.
Trapped indoors during winter provides ample opportunity for restlessness to set in and I begin to lose focus. Failure to see things with clarity is the difference between a fulfilling day versus a lukewarm attitude.
According to Hall of Fame baseball manager Tony La Russa, “There are always distractions, if you allow them.” How exactly does one NOT allow distinctions? Daily interference attack us in the forms of fatigue, hunger, negativity, annoyances, work/family obligations, the list goes on and on! While distractions will continue to exist I discovered three simple ways to boost your focus— and overcome major distractions.
Write Down Your Goals
An incredibly simple and easy remedy to listlessness and lukewarmness involves creating a list! Make a list of your daily, weekly, or monthly goals and habits that you want to work towards. Your list need not be lengthy.
This weekend I suffered from an intense lack of energy when it came to my dreams to become a professional freelance writer. Thinking about the countless “to-do” items made me sink into a feeling of being overwhelmed and inadequate. Making a small list of my goals for this week and checking them off greatly boosted my focus.
One Step at a Time
Along with creating a list, it is so, so important to remind yourself to slow down. Distractions cause us to think we need to accomplish our goals ALL AT ONCE. That mentality could not be further from the truth. All of the various advice I received from authors, bloggers, and freelancers on Youtube advise of the need to develop a plan carefully and not to skip any steps in the process.
Reflect on Daily Successes/Failures
Dolly Parton stated, “I thank God for my failures. Maybe not at the time but after some reflection. I never feel like a failure just because something I tried has failed.” Some of my greatest “failures” or at least what I considered “failures” at the time became successes. Only after distancing myself from the activity of the day, that is, reflecting at night do I truly recognize how to be thankful and learn from the successes and especially the failures.
I hope these tips helped to boost your focus. If you have any other ideas for things that helped you fight off distractions throughout the day please list them in the comment section. Please share these tips with others fighting daily distractions.
“I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” — Hilair Belloc
“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” — George Lucas
Editor’s note: I received this product from The Christian Planner brand in exchange for an honest review.
Order and organization is important for success (and sanity). The unpredictability of 2020 likely has caused you to get off track with your routine (I’m still out of sync). Life will still be unpredictable going into the next year but one thing you can control is your habits and attitude.
I received the perfect thing to prepare me for getting back to normalcy (if normal was ever a thing)— The Christian Planner: Catholic Edition.
It felt like Christmas morning when the package arrived on my doorstop last week. I love organization. No joke. I highlighted my notes in rainbow color order when I was in school. I have also had experiences with owning several schedulers and planners. But the Christian Planner is unique among them all.
Here were a few ways The Christian Planner distinguishes itself from traditional planners:
Christ Centered Calendar
Jesus isn’t simply the reason for the season. He is the reason for all the seasons! In the first pages, The Christian Planner details out the liturgical year and provides spiritual challenges for each particular season.
There is a Seeking Sainthood section where you have space to journal or paste images of your favorite holy role models. This was something I found to be a neat feature.
Forming new habits takes time and if you’re anything like me you will fail a few times first. The Christian Planner has a daily habit tracker for you to record whether you met or missed your goals. There is also free space for you to note your progress.
Faith and Finance
Money isn’t a fun subject to think about. But good financial habits are essential to have in place for long-term success. At the end of every month, a Monthly Financial Tracker helps you assess your financial health. This is something I’ve never seen before in a daily planner.
I found The Christian Planner: Catholic Edition quite helpful in organizing goals and no doubt it will prove to be a valuable tool for me this upcoming year to form holy habits in 2021. I highly recommend this unique and creative planner! Purchase this product at www.christianplanner.com
Earlier this week, September 29th, was the feast day of Saint Michael. In the familiar picture below, St. Michael is depicted with wings and brandishing a sword. This reflects his status as an angel and the leader of God’s heavenly host. The archangel is engaged in warfare with the devil, who is shown here defeated and under St. Michael’s foot. Oddly enough, this picture got me to thinking about investing (but, then again, lots of things get me thinking about investing 🙂 )
What does the picture, in its most basic form, show? Clearly, this is a battle between good and evil.
Invest in Goodness
How does this relate to investing? Well, if our investments bolster companies that are committing evil acts, on whose side of this pictured battle would you suppose that puts us?
This is precisely why Catholic Investment Strategies offers a clearly faithful way to invest. Built upon the Investment Guidelines of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, companies involved in proscribed activities are avoided. Those that are less than “squeaky clean” are engaged in a dialogue intended to get them to tidy up their acts. And the results of those dialogues have been very impressive, ranging
from hotel companies acting to rid their facilities of child sex rings, to the corporate defunding of Planned Parenthood, to avoiding the use of slave labor in Brazil.
As you think about whether faithful Catholic investing is right for you, remember the words of Jesus in Luke 11:23: “He who is not with me is against me.” Surely, if you act to eliminate evil in the world, you’ll find yourself on the right side.
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” —Luke 12:33-34
About our guest blogger
Tom Carroll spent twenty-six years with Mason Street Advisors, the investment management subsidiary of Northwestern Mutual Life. At Mason Street, Tom headed the company’s foreign equity investment team as Managing Director. Previously, Tom served as an equity portfolio manager and/or analyst at Texas Commerce Bank, MGIC Investment Corporation, and Trust Company of Georgia. Tom is President Catholic Investment Strategies. Learn more about his company by visiting https://www.catholicinvestments.com/