How to focus when you’re a creative, spontaneous type person

Writing down what there is to be done and focusing on three single daily actions leads to momentum, confidence, and increased creativity and freedom.


  1. Andrea

    Dear Molly,
    thank you for pointing out the deeper reasons for the obstacles we give ourselves in order not to focus. This is so true for many of us, it is so good to hear how you put this into words! Baby steps, yes. I’m now working with setting a timer in order not to get overwhelmed by diving too deep into a project.
    Thanks again for your insights and help,
    greetings from Paris

  2. Molly Gordon

    Andrea, the timer technique can work wonders. Here’s a post about productivity and timers: The Pomodoro Technique.
    My friend and colleague, Bill Baren, also talks about The Power Hour in his Time Mastery Program. A Power Hour is 50 minutes in which you focus on a single task/project. Then take 10 minutes off. Repeat as needed.

  3. Donna Parker

    hi molly,
    It was great to hear you .you give nice way to step out the obstacles we often point. i will start following them so that even i start focusing . also to mention all your techniques are wonderful to follow

  4. Crescent Dragonwagon

    Wholly agree, Molly. My life feels SO different when I make writing down what I’m going to do the next day part of a nightly practice; and then do those things. As you say, carrying it in your head is the black-ice covered road to overwhelm/collision. I don’t limit it to three; I do, however, constantly remind myself that that a “To Do” list is not the same as a “Wouldn’t It Be Nice If I Was Able To Get All This Done” list. Actually, I think writing stuff down in a calendar and visiting and revisiting one’s plans is a huge help and calmer-downer. Thanks for the reminder. cd

  5. Molly Gordon

    Donna: Mmmm. I’m taking in your comment. Thank you!
    Crescent: The “Wouldn’t It Be Nice If I Was Able to Get All This Done List” is genius. 🙂

  6. Carole Pivarnik

    Oh this is so timely for me…I was *just* settling down to put together a plan for the rest of this week. I’ve decided that I will use Google Calendar to plan the major chunks of each day, so that I can use it as a checklist. Your advice of “three daily actions” is excellent.
    Another tool I use to keep track of “all the stuff” rather than just what wants to get done each day is a planning wall with post it notes arranged by category and priority. Flexible and easy to adapt to changing circumstances, plus keeps things from getting lost in the shuffle.


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