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It comes down to three habits:
It’s an incredible habit to take even a few moments at the beginning of your day (or the end of the day before) to give some thought to where you’d like to concentrate your attention.
Very often we’ll push off the bigger, more meaningful tasks because they take longer, and we’re either in distracted mode or quick-task mode.
Set aside the next 20 minutes for writing, or ...
This habit is about letting this one meaningful task become your whole universe.
This translates into writing in a fullscreen writing app. Or opening a browser tab in a separate windo...
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