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Find a place and schedule in which you will not be disturbed. Concentration and focus must be trained. Having a special time and space to do focused work, will train your brain to do it better.
To maximize productivity, prepare for deep work with deep breathing and visualizing your desired end state. Also, chunk work into 45-minute blocks and do some movement and yoga between those deep work sets.
The more successful you become, the more shiny opportunities offer themselves to you, but not all of them are good for you in the moment.
Always ask yourself, or the people around you, if the pros outweigh the cons by a large margin. If they don’t, refuse the opportunity as it will become a stressful commitment.
If you try to do all you can you will be overwhelmed and feel guilty for not giving adequate focus to anything.
Remove everything from your life that’s unnecessary to be left with worthwhile things to pursue. Also, have a top-priority item to accomplish and don't move to another until you check it off.
To build something special, incentivize all involved to develop fierce focus. This is the only way to avoid the trap of caving into the norm and losing the essence of your core difference.
Fierce focus is only achieved when all involved understand their purpose and set clearly defined, measurable goals to achieve.
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