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Thread: How do you stay focused?

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    Super Member fleurdelisquilts.com's Avatar
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    Right now I'm bouncing between chatting on this board, playing a computer game, watching TV, and adding to my blog.

    When I go into the studio I rarely get more than 2-3 blocks sewn before I'm on to something else. I realize that I have a "touch of ADHD" but surely there must be a trick to sticking with something for a while. Any of you also deal with this problem? How do you keep yourself from wandering off?

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    I have several projects startd to keep me busy when the mood his me. That way I don't get bored easy. Try smaller projects that will give you the satisfaction of start to finsh quickly.

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    I have the opposite problem. I start sewing and can't quit. Hence the couple of all-nighters I did last week. I do periodically wander out of my sewing room & come check for new posts here. I guess that counts as taking a break?

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    I sew after I've sent my kid to bed.
    Then I put on a pot of tea, turn on my classical music, and sew.
    Before I know it, 3 hours have passed and I have to crash or I won't be up in the morning.
    Perhaps, shutting the computer down, and setting aside a certain time to sew would work. When you know you have 2 uninterrupted hours, things can happen.
    Perhaps if you need to get up often, use that as an excuse to iron, when you need a change - do some cutting, then when you need to change, sew again. :::>????

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    I'm interested in solutions for this too. I'll start something and then get distracted by another project or like today I cut out several wool sweater mittens while watching a movie, sewed one pair and discovered that the pattern needed an extra inch added to the bottom to fit correctly. Now I don't want to sew the other pairs because I've lost the momentum. I do this alot, get excited about something, cut out the fabric, then lose interest.

    Is there something we can take to keep our focus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelwatcher
    Is there something we can take to keep our focus?
    I'd be interested in that! I have going-on-half-a-quilt (50 blocks out of 140) on my wall, and every time I walk into my sewing room to work on another block I walk out and head for the television, computer, or a nap before I've done anything.

    Possibly it's because some insane impulse of mine said I could make it "scrappy" instead of buying large amounts of a number of fabrics as the pattern dictates. This means I have to make decisions about what fabrics to use in each block, and I don't do that well. I even tried to colour in EQ so I'd have a better idea, but have random amounts of each fabric so no idea if what I coloured was possible.

    I have done a few small "craft" projects in between, mostly because they had deadlines, but would really like to get more of the quilt done!

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    I wish there was an answer because I am the same.

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    Seriously - have some caffeine! It is a self-medicating drug of choice for ADD/ADHD adults. We didn't have ritalin - just caffeine.

    keep telling yourself OUTLOUD what you're supposed to be working on.

    Only have 1 simple thing turned on to LISTEN to and if that's too distracting - shut it off and listen to the sounds of your house. :)

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    Well being a natural Type A personality, I am into several things at one time. When I did work outside the home, it came in very handy. It was called Multitasking!!! Which, by the way,I was very good at!!! I don't try to stop this part of me. it is who I am and meant to be. I have fused glass projects started, stained glass lamps started, crochet projects started and now I just starting getting into quilting. All my projects eventually get finished and I try to not put the pressure on for Christmas anymore. I do have coffee though to try and get focused. Right now, I am pinning together a rag quilt (3rd one in 3 weeks) and I am a little sleepy so, I plan on curling up with my pups for 1/2 an hour, then start sewing my blocks.

    Go with the natural rythmn of your body. It will work out!!!

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    I think it is good for your muscles and mental state to get up periodically and do something else. I find I actually accomplish more when I "move around".

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    I say about myself that I have the attention span of an 8-year old, so I share your problem. One helpful thing (for me) is making a list and I try to make myself do those things before I start sewing, computer time, etc. Then sometimes I remember that I retired almost nine years ago, and everything gets done in time, so why should I try to be structured and that I should just go with the flow. I don't have the answer, but I surely have the problem!

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    So basically I'm just normal! Yeah!
    I do have a few tricks that I use, so now I can add to my
    répertoire. I'll definitely try them. Whatever works for you all, may work for me. Thanks!

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    I absolutely have no focus. Perhaps this should be my New Years resolution.

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    It' called being a quilter. We know how to multi task!!

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    I thought becoming a quilter would cure me!

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    Chocolate maybe...LOL

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    I have those days that I jump from one project to the next and really never get anything done as I am looking at other projects that I want to be making. Well sooner or later I will get all of them done. LOL

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    Put some music on in the background and have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fleurdelisquilts.com
    Right now I'm bouncing between chatting on this board, playing a computer game, watching TV, and adding to my blog.

    When I go into the studio I rarely get more than 2-3 blocks sewn before I'm on to something else. I realize that I have a "touch of ADHD" but surely there must be a trick to sticking with something for a while. Any of you also deal with this problem? How do you keep yourself from wandering off?
    I think it is not so much ADHD as a quilting disorder. We are such intelligent people; we are like Albert Schweitzer. Didn't he have problems concentrating? :roll: :lol: :roll: Our minds are always creating and our fingers just can't keep up. Just go with the flow and enjoy it.

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    I am just the opposite,when I start piecing a quilt,I sew all day dont realize I am so tired til I stop. Then I crash. lol

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    Put your laptop in the freezer! LOL
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    WOW! I thought it was only me! It seems that when I start something I am obsessive about it for a few days, then POW loose interest. If I make a mistake, that's it.. finished with project. I wander around the house and get nothing done. Like you.. computer, phone, etc. I know that I have SAD and this becomes my excuse. Also I have many projects started and once I go onto another I totally loose interest in the one before. I have a new machine and all the notions you can think of. But...no motivation to get anything finished. Part of my problem is that there is no one who I can give a finished project to that would appreciate the time, money and effort that went into it. My family could care less. . I am pretty new at this and not to good at it, although I have at least 4 things I am proud of. . I will look at all the suggestions and try some. LOL

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    It's just so tempting to drop the problem solving and start something else! Sticking with a problem until it's solved is the only way I can keep myself from being distracted by a feather blowing by! And sometimes the answer doesn't come immediately. I guess the best thing is to not get yourself in too deep with so many things to finish everything becomes impossible. Takes a lot of impulse and self control.

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    I use a spiral of graph paper for a quilting book and put everything in it - pictures of blocks, layouts for quilts, notes for cutting and yardage, etc.

    Right now, I believe I have three or four projects in there that are either in progress or on the chalkboard for after X project is done.

    Right now, I'm looking forward to going back to a baby quilt I was working on before I got caught up in Christmas prezzies. Once that's done, I'm looking forward to doing a wedding quilt. After that, it's back to my quilted pillows...and the list goes on. If you tell yourself, "This project is shelved until I finish this other one," you're more motivated to finish the one so you can get to the other. Does that make sense?

    There is something to be said for over-creating, lol.

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    I can stay in my studio forever, once i get in there, lol. Out here, too many distractions, like you mentioned. I can keep quilting till my back starts bothering me too much, or I am starving to death, lol, or my pups need a break. Otherwise, I do pretty good in there. Wish I could stay focused when trying to clean, but it just doesn't hold my interest, so I am easily distracted in that dept., & my house shows it, lol... What can I say, my heart, & mind, belong to quilting!...

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