When it comes to creative professionals, we all have two things in common:
1. We all want to master everything we try, and
2. We all have ADD
All you have to do is look around on LinkedIn and you'll see profiles that are so long and disjointed, they look like Apple's Terms and Conditions.
So, how exactly do we fight this lack of focus?
We make sure our short-term actions align with our long-term goals.
One way to double-check yourself is to zoom out and take a high-level look by jotting down everything you're doing (I like doing so visually while using a whiteboard). Once you have everything in front of you, it's easier to make connections and trim the fat when things don't align.
I try and do this roughly every few months.
When I don't, this usually when my stress gets the best of me and I experience one of my typical existential crises.
At the end of day, discipline is the most important skill any of us can have, Unfortunately, it's also the hardest to practice.