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We can all feel very busy, but despite all this bustle, we often don’t feel particularly productive from day to day and often let the "big stuff" go unattended.
If we want to take back control of our priorities, we should relentlessly question how we're spending our time.
To learn to control your attention, set aside at least one time period per day to focus without interruption. Let it be no more than 90 minutes at a time. Do something important but not urgent.
Ask yourself: Are you scheduling time daily to focus without interruption?
It can be challenging to be productive in the long-term when you do things you don't feel motivated to do. Unless you have to push through with a specific task, it is much easier to work around things that keep you motivated.
Ask yourself: Why do you do this every single day?
This intense focus is at the center of completing outstanding work in a compact amount of time. However, focus requires training to develop.
To start, schedule a 20-minute block of undistracted work, and then add 10 minutes every two weeks.
Ask yourself: What is your training system for increasing your ability to focus hard on something without distraction?
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Normally, people who are busy and stressed out on constant work, eradicate their work-life balance by bringing work home or worrying about unfinished work too much, leading to stress.
When we are having a narrow cognitive bandwidth, it can help us hyper-focus but is also harmful.
Tunnelling can lead us to focus on the urgent but not so important tasks immediately in front of us, which at the end of the day isn't very productive.
Email is the perfect addictive slot machine of our attention.
Our brain craves something new and likes being interrupted with some notification rather than focusing on one task continuously.
Email is pseudo work masquerading as real work and is not productive if handled all the time.
It will clear your mind, process any negative energy, and give you a win every day. 🏀 🏈
This is a way to cut down on unnecessary decisions. It also means you’re focused on what is important (who you are vs how you look).
"The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive. "