I am one of those people who sometimes has some issues with focus. I am easily distracted. This has its advantages. I see all the pretty flowers and birds and some other things that go me (or I go by, in the case of flowers and other stationary objects) that other people miss. (The fact that I irritate those other people by interrupting them, or sometimes myself, is another matter entirely. Let's just say that I like seeing all those things I notice and leave it at that.)
One of the ways I manage this issue is to sit near or in the front, if in class or somewhere where there is seating in rows. I stay away from "group tables" if I want to stay on task. I also try to keep my desk organized, although often I fail at this, too.
The problem is, however, that most of life does not take place in places where there are rows, or even desks. (In fact, I don't even have a desk but two days a week, and it's not mine anyway.)
It occurs to me that, therefore, I need to change my own perspective. If I am trying to stay in line by working within a set of parameters that isn't realistic, once I realize that set of parameters isn't realistic, I need to change it. I need to stop thinking about sitting in rows if I'm not in a row-organized system. (Or else, I should think about going back to school again, which is not a bad thought.)
I'm living a nearly-unstructured life at the moment, and I am smart enough (really!) to know that imposing an artificial structure on myself will only work for so long before I announce to myself that I don't have to follow that artificial structure, and then it's all over. So that's not much of a solution, unless I'm ok with coming up with a new structure every couple of months.
So, I've decided to think about myself as being in training for a surprise development that is coming my way someday soon. And all the things I do (from staying in my jammies all day with a book to working out at the gym four days a week to avoiding going to the grocery store - all on my potential to do list today, I might add) is part of this training. In other words, I'm in a long transition time, and I just need to let myself be in that space for as long as it takes to work through it. And all the things I do (and don't do) during this time is part of the work in some way.
(Update: After more thinking about this, I like the idea that I am collecting wisdom during this time.)