“Centered” saved me.
All my life I’ve had problems with distraction, forgetting, losing stuff, getting the right time joined with the right date so I show up at 2pm on Wednesday instead of Thursday. Creatives can often fall into that trouble, so I always blamed it on my singer/songwriter nature.
[Insert here long paragraph about trying to solve this problem. Therapy; day books; notes up on the fridge, bathroom mirror, steering wheel of car; accountability buddies; self-improvement workshops, retreats, etc.; meditation; yoga; apps, oh my God, apps. Up the yazoo.] It’s not that none of those things worked. All of those attempts show you I was doing the best I could at the time. Hurling myself at the problem, over and over. Workin’ it. Never giving up.
But if you’re lucky, you will come across what you need, exactly when you need it; and that’s what happened when my daughter, who suffers from pretty intense ADD, called me and said, “Mom. You have to try Centered. It’s helped me so much. Please. Just try it.”
I did. I downloaded the program (hate calling it an app, because it falls into such an infinitude of meaningless time sucks, and this is the opposite). Right away I could feel the difference, even before using it. Because you can only use it on your laptop. It doesn’t go on your phone. This keeps you off your phone, and for many of us — that solves a big chunk of the problem.
Anyway, I started using Centered to get my writing done, to get my bills paid, to get the taxes figured out, etc., and it’s absolutely head and shoulders above anything else I’ve tried. Why? Because it’s fun. I’m not talking Disney fun. I’m talking — just — fun. You get scores at the end of each session you set up. And, if you subscribe to the paid version of Centered (which is $10 a month, but way less if you pay all at once), you can dig down into your productivity scores and get a true understanding of what you can improve and how.
Once I got to know the parameters and how it works (and btw, the creators are extremely responsive to any questions you might have), I started just having fun competing with my daughter. She’s in L.A. and I’m in New York, and we take no prisoners. But that’s just the fun part.