Keeping focus

Forming a habit of posting entries on a regular basis sounds achievable but more challenging when you have the attention span of a goldfish.

It may be the perfectionist in me but no matter what I’ve tried (and trust me, I have tried), the easy route of inaction always seems to win.

Not for the first time, I’ve decided to take regular blogging a bit more seriously. This time as a way to keep a diary of self-study progress and to document discoveries about all things related to web development / design, and as a record to hold myself accountable for taking projects all the way to completion.

At the same time, the internet is amazingly both the ultimate productivity enabler and the ultimate source of distraction. With the latter in mind, I’ve taken some steps to ensure that posts get posted.

  1. Set up a new ‘Person’ using Chrome titled Alistair (focus) and have copyied across only a few select bookmarks that I’ll be using for studying, coding or writing.
  2. Enabled a Chrome extension to block social media sites. The extension I’m using is Work Mode which works the way I want (it abbruptly closes the tab if I end up on one of the blacklisted sites).
  3. Schedule a regular, uninterrupted period of focus time to either study, work toward completing basic development of the website or get some writing done.

So, that’s one down and it wasn’t too hard. Not exactly a work of art but that’s not the point. It’s all about the doing.