Many writers are writing what writers write. Some write to express themselves, some to entertain and some to inform.
When I commute, I listen to audiobooks. These are most often related in some way to my vocations jack-of-all-consulting and running a niche printing business. One theme I find in many of these books, and one that speaks to me is the need to focus. In a recent listen Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, the author Gino Wickman discusses to a great extent the need of the management team to spend time focusing.
Focus is a narrowing of thought to such an extent that unrelated materials become unseen.
I have heard people describe me as very focused. I find myself in a continuous struggle to focus. I am inherently self-distracting.
As we depart the riverbank, the pram gently rocking as the pole man does his work… That time apart to focus, time “off the chessboard” yet focusing on the same, that is what this is about. We embark on an experiment to prove the practical effect(s) of focus.
I will spend some time, 1-2 days a week for 5-8 weeks in a monitor-lit room with limited input from outside sources. This will be a sort of self-imposed exile (here). It is also a pilgrimage to clarity. Let’s see what we find…