Focus is both a strength and a weakness of mine.
When I am involved in a project, and determined to see it through to completion, my focus is incredible.
But I also have so many interests, that it is easy for me to lose focus and go off in new directions before I have finished a long task.
Completing projects is a skill I’ve worked at for a long time. It takes discipline, and it is so satisfying to present a finished work to the world.
But here’s the catch: projects I’ve completed include
- Mrs. Middlejoy Chapter Books, written and published
- Read-Aloud, Read-Along Books of poetry and stories, written and published
- An adult reader for students of English as a foreign language.
- Children’s Songs written, arranged, published and recorded as sheet music or video
- Songs–both my own and covers of pop/country/jazz standards–recorded and posted on ReverbNation.
- Videos of my songs – or ways of teaching others’ songs for children.
- Books edited, formatted and published for others
- Websites designed, and kept up for church and volunteer groups
- A family history site with photo essays featuring my mom and dad
- Free-lance articles with web content as varied as plumbing and home-health nurses.
And right now, I’m involved in blogging daily about a 21-Day weight loss challenge I’ve taken on. Not to mention crafting comments for my Facebook friends and daily tutoring of English as a foreign language with a lot of them.
Does that satisfy my urge for creativity?
In many, many ways yes. But there is always that unfinished project, that new idea that could really go somewhere….
So I ask: Is it even possible to stay focused and still branch out into new creative areas?
I’d love to hear what my friends think. Please comment!