Corey Pemberton has a very helpful essay on focus. The essay discusses eight specific types of challenges with focus and provides some suggestions for overcoming each type.
In particular, the eight types are:
- Trouble prioritizing what’s most important,
- Emotional procrastination,
- Lack of motivation,
- Too much multitasking,
- Time management issues,
- Physical health issues,
- Mental health issues, and
If you work through this list, you will probably identify a trouble spot or two that you have. But, Pemberton also suggests keeping a distraction log for a while if needed to capture what is hurting your focus if you can’t readily identify it.
For Pemberton’s full discussion of these reasons focus can be difficult, see his original post on the Freedom blog.