The perks of tunnel vision

Inspiration vs. distraction: How sometimes doing less accomplishes more

I consider myself as an ideas person. Granted, I’ve been able to translate some of my better ideas into successful entrepreneurship, but my mind is still a constantly sparking in every direction with new plans and projects.

In fact, I’m so caught up in that swirl of wishes and wants that I spend entire days gently prodding at a whole list of ideas on my mental to-do list. Whole days spent half-heartedly researching this and reading up on that. Most of these bright ideas are never concretized in any way—they aren’t even written down on paper—and float like hopeless life rafts in the back of my mind.

I am the queen of distraction and procrastination. When I do force myself to sit down and focus on one task, to grab it with both hands and shape it into something real, I feel so much more accomplished.

I envy people who seem to have a better ability to focus on one goal and hone in completely on it. These are the experts, the tastemakers and the creative people that I wish I could be more like.

I think I do quite a few things pretty well, but wouldn’t it be better to be a visionary at ONE thing? I’m not even sure what the one thing would be, in my case.

It’s time for me to stop dawdling with small ideas and to get a serious case of tunnel vision for one real thing.

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  1. Reading this really reminded me of myself and how my brain tends to work. I too am an idea person, and while I can quickly put together a business plan or plan of attack to help a friend or family member work towards their goals and fulfill their dreams, I am left planning, speculating, and completely changing the course of mine. It makes sense, though, because I was diagnosed with ADHD twice in my life, both as a tween and an adult. This causes my brain to constantly go from one idea to the next, getting completely wrapped up in one thing for a while, and then changing course or thinking I have no idea what I’m doing or what I even want to do. It’s difficult and so far, something I haven’t been able to work past.

  2. Oh my gosh, I know EXACTLY what you mean!  I appreciate that I was blessed with several small gifts when I entered this world.  I can do a number of things fairly well.  But none of those has ever held my attention or imagination, or sparked a passion strong enough to really focus on it, and as a result…well, I don’t do much.  Which is a shame, because, like you, my mind is always popping with curiosity and kind of far-out ideas.  I don’t know how to lasso any of them.  I lament this nearly every single day.  

    On the other hand, I’m never bored.  So many things interest me;  I never have to look very far to find things I like to learn or to do.  I am trying really hard to see some beauty in this fact and just accept it.  I’ll let you know if I ever get there…. :)

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