Mindset & Mindfulness, Time Management

25 Reasons You Can’t Focus

My newsletter subscribers received this printable some time ago, and it’s now available to purchase as part of my Writer’s Productivity Bundle.

25 Reasons You Can’t Focus helps you identify what’s really going on when your attention to your work is wandering.

Buy it here, and get 6 other productivity resources in the same bundle.

Writer's Productivity Bundle | Pauline Wiles


As you might suspect, there can be a variety of reasons your focus wanders. Main types of issue include:

  • Inner talk;
  • Your body needs help;
  • The task is flawed in some way;
  • You’re distracted.

I’d love to know what insights you gain about your focus and if there are any reasons you think I missed!

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    Jean | Delightful Repast
    April 11, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Pauline, that is such a great list. I hope everyone will download it. There are several points on the list that apply to me, but number 2 is my main problem. And I hadn’t really put my finger on it until I looked at your list again!

    PS Thought I should mention, your photo isn’t showing up with your comments or on your Blogger profile.

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      April 11, 2019 at 9:00 am

      Mental clutter… oh my gosh, yes!!
      And thanks so much for the photo/blogger issue. I’ll take a look!

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