Focus: A word I need

My word for 2022 came to me in December as I was reading a post on The Spectacled Bean.

What would my word for 2022 be, I wondered . . . Oh wait, the laundry needed to be changed.

. . .

Right. A word. 2022. That was what I was thinking about. What should . . . Oh, but then my husband was going to the grocery store. I just needed to tell him we need milk.

. . .

Back again. Think, think, think. What would . . . Sorry. A notification popped into my computer screen. I needed to respond to that.

. . .

If only I could focus, I thought.

That’s it!


One thing at a time. Multi-tasking is a myth. I aim for a more productive 2022 as a result.

Do you have word for 2022?

The word BE written in black marker on white paper
Just be

9 thoughts on “Focus: A word I need

  1. marianbeaman

    Truthfully, I face “monkey mind” all the time, as you describe in your post. It’s funny, except when it’s not.
    I like your word choice for 2022. It was my guide word for 2017 and served me well:

    My Word! It’s 2017

    Next week I’ll reveal my special word for the year. In the meantime, have a good weekend, Arlene!

  2. Ally Bean

    Thanks for the shout out. I could use some of your FOCUS to combine with my ENJOY so that maybe I’d accomplish SOMETHING. Been feeling scattered this week, must focus on my goals more.

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      I have come to realize that when I resolve to FOCUS on something, then other things need to wait for me to get to them. As a result, it’s taken some time for me to respond to your comment, as I was focusing on other things! I guess my focus is working? With unintended side effects. Some things are finished and finished well, other things are waiting. Interesting.

  3. robwri

    After this spell of domestic and global distractions I think my word for 2022 will have to be FINISH! With this top of mind I hope to see to my many dangling ends and ignore all of those enticing new beginnings! Thanks for the nudge!


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