“Focused Intensity”

I recently read Crystal Paine’s book, “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode”.  I’m neck deep in survival mode and I need all the help I can get to dig my way out!  And this book was just the thing to start me on my way!

In chapter 4, Crystal talks about the concept of “focused intensity”.  She says, “Focused intensity is zeroing in on one specific project and giving it your entire concentration and energy for a determined length of time.”  When I read that, I thought, “That’s what I need to do!”  She goes on to say, “…[I’ll] set the timer for ten or fifteen minutes, and work as hard as I can until the timer goes off.”

Now, I don’t know about your children, but to mine, fifteen minutes of me focusing on something that doesn’t involve them would feel like an eternity and it simply just wouldn’t happen without a million interruptions (unless, of course, they were all in bed, but by that time I’m to exhausted to do anything for fifteen minutes).

Feeling discouraged, I started to think about other things I’ve learned from Crystal and her website, http://www.moneysavingmom.com, over the past few years.  One of them is her idea of breaking a project or goal down into bite-sized pieces.

I applied that idea to the concept of focused intensity and thought if I can’t be focused for fifteen minutes, what about five?  YES!  My children and I can handle five minutes.

You might be thinking, “Does five minutes of focused intensity really make a difference?  Can I accomplish anything worth-while in five minutes?”  I had those thoughts too and guess what?  It DOES make a difference!  And when you do this a few times a day and can make a really big difference!

Don’t believe me?  Well, here is proof.

This is what my kitchen sink typically looks like.


This is what it looks like after five minutes of focused intensity.


Not bad for only five minutes of work!

I was able to sneak in another five minutes a little while later.


I wasn’t able to get all of it cleaned up, but I was happy with the progress I made!

Still not convinced?  Here’s another example…the stove and counter tops.


After five minutes of focused intensity, they look like this.


Again, not perfect, but good enough for me!

What can you accomplish in five minutes with focused intensity?


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