Anybody have tips on training yourself to focus better?
I have slight ADD so my focus isn’t great in the first place, but when I’m depressed it becomes even more difficult. I’ve been dealing with this for years, but it’s becoming more important because it’s starting to affect my work—the art director mentioned to me in our last talk…
Me, I’m very goal oriented. So I write down tasks and give myself a time goal to finish them. I also don’t deprive myself of distractions (like the internet). It’s a good way for my brain to take a break, so long as I show restraint and get back to work quickly.
Also, when I’m feeling down, I try to give myself credit for even the smallest accomplishments. For example, replying to an email, cleaning something, etc. I find that gets me out of the bad mood fairly fast so I can get back to work.
I’m a terrible procrastinator, so I have a few tips of my own. What I’ve found works is breaking bigger jobs down into smaller jobs.
Like, for instance, I have to clean my bathroom. Now, I could see it as a whole, or I could see it as, okay, I have to wipe off the counters, scrub the toilet, scrub the sink, vaccuum the floor, windex the mirror, etc. And then, instead of being done one big task (clean the bathroom), I’ve finished like 8 little ones, and I feel better about what I’ve done. :)
I used the same techniques for essay writing. Instead of one big essay, I come up with all of the topics of it I have to cover, organize my paragraphs, and then start writing each one, until I’ve got them all. It’s a really great way to keep yourself focused on the topic in each, too.
The problem with liking musicals is the fact that I can’t hear someone say “Who died?” without launching into an eight minute ballad about anarchy and bohemian ideals.
I get this with Les Mis. Just yesterday, mom and I were watching some crime drama, and somebody said “What have I done?”
So immediately I launched into, Sweet Jesus, what have I done? Become a thief in the night, become a dog on the run! Have I fallen so far and is the hour so late, that nothing remains but the cry of my hate? The cries in the dark that nobody hears, here where I stand at the turning of the years…
Aaaand my mother just looked at me like this.
Hey, here’s another idea…you could always, y’know, GO OUT AND BUY IT. Pacific Rim is a really special film that deserves your money, especially considering how poorly it performed in the U.S. thanks to Warner Bros. and their near-nonexistent marketing.
Seriously, people. Pacific Rim does not deserve to be pirated. If you have a heart, scruples, any love for good cinema…don’t stream it. Don’t download it. Buy the movie. Support it. Support Guillermo del Toro’s vision and passion. Support a movie that brings back that original Star Wars-style sense of wonder. Support a movie that’s not a product of the remake machine, that takes familiar elements and creates something uniquely new out of them. Support a movie that embraces diversity. Support a movie where the women aren’t just vapid sex objects that contribute nothing. Support a movie that has a really fun atmosphere and a positive outlook. Support the best special effects and design work of 2013, Oscars be damned. Support a movie that shows better than many that have come out in recent years that if we can put aside our petty differences and work together, we can overcome any obstacle. Support giant robots punching giant monsters in the fucking face.
Buy Pacific Rim. Give this movie the support it needs and deserves. Make the studios stand up and take notice that we want more, and with luck there can be a Pacific Rim 2 someday.
BUT if you are one of the many out there, like me, who love the film and simply cannot afford it because of your current circumstances, you can still do what you can and encourage those that CAN afford it to buy it and fall in love with it, too, because it really is an incredible film, and it deserves all the support it can get.