Focus in Short Spurts

How to stay focused

Focus is a major part in our Dyslexia world. We always talk about how to get the child to be focused, to stay motivated, to get back on focus and to read, write, or perform any type of school work in a focused state.

What often gets neglected is the focus of the support person – usually the mum – on the importance of finding that half an hour to one hour a day to help the child after a program. The first couple of months (especially the first one) are critical to make FOLLOW-UP (the reading while on focus, the clay work and the brain gym in the form of ball games)  a priority!

When I saw this article by Joanna Martin, I simply had to share it to help parents manage their time and fit in what really is the most important thing to mothers: the well-being of their child. The reading support will not be required forever, but in the beginning will make all the difference to the future success of their child – at school and in life.


It’s easy to get stuck and de-motivated when you are snowed under with work. There’s a mountain of things that need doing and they are all begging for your attention… and then there’s the family too. How can you keep your focus and motivation high?

However you can easily turn this to your advantage… by getting super focused and utilising short bursts of energy on your tasks.

Get focused

gold morphman on arrowWhen you only have a small window of time available it forces you to focus on the task at hand. You cannot afford to be sidetracked by social media, emails and reorganising your files.

Decide on what is top priority and dedicate all your attention to it for the time you have. When you get super focused on a specific task you will be more productive.

Why short focus is better

Using short bursts of focused energy is great for when you are feeling less than motivated. Quite often we procrastinate and put off things that we need to do, because we don’t enjoy them or because we are intimidated by the sheer size of the task at hand.

By giving yourself a small window of time and getting focused on a task, you are more likely to actually put in the work… after all, putting aside a matter of minutes, rather than hours, is so much less daunting.

Break time

coffee cupOnce your allotted time is over, you’re more likely to have a break. When you’re sat at your desk working all day on a particular task, it is easy to lose track of time and, before you know it, you haven’t actually had a break for several hours.

Taking regular breaks is essential, not only to your health but to your motivation and productivity too.

So next time you’re up against a pile of work or a child that is under the weather, try short bursts of focus and see how much more you can achieve in your working day.

Do you prefer working with short bursts of focused energy or do you work better with long time slots for your tasks? Have you been in a situation where you had to work with short bursts of focused energy, and now you’re using them all the time? Share what works for you by leaving a comment below.