How can I focus my ability to focus?
August 8, 2007 8:09 AM Subscribe
How can I use my focus for good (either directing it towards something useful, or to maintain interest) ?
posted by drezdn to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Every few months I find one "hobby" that I get intensely interested in, spending lots of time learning as much about it as possible, buying the equipment to do it, and spending my time obsessing about it. It a short period of time, I pick up an insane amount of information on a topic. Then, usually my interest wanes for a while, and I move on to the next one. From aquarium maintenance to building things with clay, it's been fun but it can be a bit frustrating.
Sometimes I come back to the hobbies (many have been based on interests I've had since childhood, but couldn't act on), but it takes time and usually goes through the same cycle mentioned above.
How can I direct my focus onto something that might help me advance it life (say, really learning programming or something that might be useful professionally).
In addition, how can I keep myself interested in one hobby, or a small handful of hobbies, instead of just picking up new ones constantly like a mental katamari?