FINDING FOCUS | MULTI-PASSIONATE CREATIVE | PRODUCTIVITY
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When it comes to learning how to focus as a multi-passionate creative, there tends to be some struggle involved. I know this because I’ve polled several multi-passionate creatives and I’m a multi-passionate creative myself. So, I know what it’s like to doubt your ability to stay focused long enough to see one project through. Let alone figure out how to integrate various passions into your business.
Multi-passionate creatives often feel like focus is something that’s just outside of our grasp, or that everyone else is great at it except us.
Don’t even get me started on daily time management!
Understanding these 3 different styles of focus does a couple of things:
In this post, I’ll outline each type of focus so that you can begin to experiment with them.
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Intensive focus is time you set aside to look at big-picture goals. This is the kind of focus you’ll need when setting intentions for what you want to create in the next 90-days. Or if you have an idea that feels overwhelming and needs to be broken down into multiple steps.
Tips for mastering Intensive Focus:
When I use Intensive Focus to set a 90-day focus goal, I reach for my 90-day Focus Planner. It has monthly, weekly, and daily calendars that I can print as needed (or type on digitally on my iPad). The planner also includes worksheets to support with monthly check-ins and reminders to celebrate wins. Shop my 90-day Focus Planner HERE.
Another tip for mastering Intensive Focus is to make it a ritual. Put on a chill playlist, light a candle, and set the tone for this focus session. You may even want to invite a few crystals to join you during this time.
Plan to schedule a time for Intensive Focus at the beginning of each month, or the beginning of each week if you feel you need this type of focus more often.
Use this stretch of time to check-in on your progress, look at the big picture, plan the next phase of your project, and anything else that fits into that sort of high-level view of your work. During Intensive Focus time you can also take note of what’s working and what needs to be adjusted.
The next type of focus we’re going to cover is Active Focus. This type of focus is essential for “getting the job done.”
Active focus requires shorter, more intense bursts of energy.
This is the type of focus you’re using when you’re writing the blog posts, creating marketing emails, and scheduling content to go on your socials. During this time you may also be creating artwork in your studio, updating your website copy, editing photos, or sending follow-up emails.
Whatever it is that equates “getting in done” in your business, Active focus is the type of focus you’ll need to lean on.
Tips for mastering active focus:
This last type of focus to master as multi-passionate creative might be my favorite.
Passive Focus is the silent underdog of Intensive Focus and Active Focus.
This is the kind of focus that keeps you moving towards your goals even when you can barely adult. It’s the background music that gets the song of your dreams stuck in your head so that you don’t put them aside for too long.
On days when you’re energy is low, or you feel yourself edging towards burnout, use Passive Focus to continue making progress, passively.
This can be done by listening to a podcast about the topic you’re working on, attending a webinar, or recording voice memos about ideas that pop into your head while you’re relaxing (funny how that always happens right?).
Tips for Mastering Passive Focus
The key to mastering passive focus is to not feel guilty about it.
Sometimes you need a break. All you can do is press play on a podcast or listen to a chapter in your audiobook, but guess what? That counts too! It all adds to your ability to begin embracing focus as a multi-passionate creative.
let’s look at the process of publishing the blog post you’re reading now as it relates to the three types of focus:
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Now that you know the three types of focus to master as a multi-passionate creative, you can stop feeling like focus is something out of your comfort zone, and begin to see focus as the powerful tool that it is.
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