365 Challenge: Day 205 – Focus

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Focusa central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity


I returned from vacation, ready to focus my efforts on key next steps. I asked myself this morning: what are they? Before I left on the trip, I planned my days very specifically to accomplish as much as possible on meeting my goals; however, it wasn’t the case for my days after the trip. I will need to spend part of today focused on choosing the short term goals for the next three months, as it’s important to keep myself on a path towards the ultimate end goals I’ve determined throughout the last year. At the same time, it’s a rather calm feeling to know that while I have several important things coming due before the end of the year, I also have the freedom to choose how to spend this time without feeling the intensity of past pressure.

Focus is important to me. I am driven by success and achievement. Without some boundaries around my key activities, I experience dissatisfaction and distraction. When I climb into bed at night, I want to know I did my best that day. My best could run the gamut from relaxing and reading to writing and marketing, but the point is always to know that I had a fair amount of direction set and a course to navigate. I started reading a new book called ‘Simply Does It’ by an author I met a few months ago via this blog: Melanie Mole. I completed 25% before bed last night and it was a great reminder of things we have been told for years but often forget. I’m going to make an effort to keep these ideals on the forefront for the next few days, as I pull together the details in support of my next quarter’s objectives. Life is not meant to be all work, nor is it meant to be all play. There’s a fine balance to it all, and I’m focused on finding my equilibrium. What about you… anyone focused on their journey and willing to share tips and ideas?


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


14 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 205 – Focus

    Roda said:
    October 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Balance is so important! Self, friends and family, health, creativity, intellectual stimulation, purpose, rest and work all need attention and care. 💚

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    BrizzleLass said:
    October 3, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Your focus is inspiring! I have no doubt you will have those goals nailed in no time.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 3, 2017 at 9:40 AM

      Thank you. I appreciate it. Started off a bit rough last night, but will hopefully find the calm today.


    Mel Gutiér said:
    October 3, 2017 at 9:37 AM


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    scr4pl80 said:
    October 3, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Focus was my word for the year last year. “Follow One Course Until Successful” was the phrase I wore in a locket. It really helped me keep my attention on the important things.

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    October 3, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    You need a good planner……😀

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    anne leueen said:
    October 3, 2017 at 10:02 PM

    focus. I know there is little comparison between writing and riding a horse in dressage but “focus” is the most important thing in riding. If I loose it I am just all over the place and my horse is confused.

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    Rae Longest said:
    October 5, 2017 at 6:22 PM

    The book (the one by Mole) sounds like one I should read. Short term goals are every bit as important as long term ones. If I have a day where I feel like I haven’t accomplished ANYTHING, it feels like a wasted day.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 7, 2017 at 3:09 PM

      I finished it. It was good. It’s not what I had expected, and it’s more someone’e life story with how she handled making things more simple. Worth a read tho. 🙂

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