The only thing that has help my 5 yr. old focus on a task is to make up a simple song that goes along with the task. An example would be when picking up toys, we sing, Do you know what time it is, what time it is, what time it is? Do you know what time it is? It's time to clean up toys!" Or when I'm in a hurry to get out the door in the morning I start chanting, "1, 2, 3, 4 everybody out the door! 5, 6, 7, 8 we don't want to be late!" Both my 5 yr. old and 2 yr. old start repeating as they march right out the door.