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“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”



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“In situations of low stress and safety, mind-wandering will be a gift, a pleasure, a creative force. In situations of high stress or danger, mind-wandering will be a torment.”



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“The sensation of being alive in the early twenty-first century consisted of the sense that our ability to pay attention—to focus—was cracking and breaking.”



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The Attentional Pathogenic Culture

The Attentional Pathogenic Culture

We now live in ‘an attentional pathogenic culture’ – an environment in which sustained and deep focus is extremely hard for all of us, and you have to swim upstream to achieve it. It is not your fault you cannot focus.

Attention spans are decreasing at the time we need them most. One of the biggest contributors to inaction on big issues such as climate change is the lack of focus. When attention breaks down, problem-solving breaks down.


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"Empathy is one of the most complex forms of attention we have – and the most precious. Many of the most important advances in human history have been advances in empathy."



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Improve Your Attention

Improve Your Attention

  • Use pre-commitment to stop switching tasks so much.
  • Don't listen to negative self-talk - You’re lazy, you’re not good enough, what’s wrong with you?
  • Take extended times away from social media.
  • Embrace mind-wandering. Letting your mind wander is not a crumbling of attention but in fact a crucial form of attention in its own right.
  • Sleep is not a luxury. It is essential for sustained focus.
  • Embrace play and unstructured free time. This can be the greatest form of focus.


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Three Ways Task Switching Degrades Your Focus

Three Ways Task Switching Degrades Your Focus

  • Switching cost - You lose focus switching between tasks
  • Screw-up effect. When you switch between tasks, errors that wouldn’t have happened otherwise start to creep in.
  • Creativity drain - In the long run, you are likely to be much less creative.


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Pre-Commitment Is Successful

Pre-Commitment Is Successful

Resolving clearly to do something and making a pledge to stick to it helps you focus.


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Importance Of Sleep

Importance Of Sleep

  • The less you sleep, the more your world blurs in every way – the ability to focus, ability to think deeply, ability to make connections
  • During sleep, your brain cleans itself of waste that has accumulated during the day
  • During sleep, your energy levels are restored and replenished
  • Dreaming allows you to revisit stressful moments without releasing stress hormones, which makes it easier to handle stress.


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Social Media Negativity

Social Media Negativity

  • On average, we will look at something negative and outrageous a lot more than something peaceful and calm
  • Every word of moral outrage increases the chances of retweets on Twitter and words that increased retweet rates are attack, bad, blame
  • Social media sites are designed to train your minds to crave frequent rewards
  • Social media sites get to know what makes you tick. They learn what you like to look at, what excites you, what angers you
  • Social media sites make you feel that you are surrounded by other people’s anger
  • Fake news travels six times faster on Twitter than real news.


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