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Getting to Simple: How Experts Figure What to Focus On

What To Focus On

To focus you need to eliminate the distractions, commit to one thing and become great at it.

To know what to focus on, try different things for some time until something comes easily and you can master the core fundamentals of the task. This way you can get a sense of what fits you and set yourself up for success by focusing on what works best.

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Most people perform a combination of varied small tasks in a day. There may be many small improvements you could make to your workflow or environment to get more done.

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  • Talk about this one thing with your manager and ask for feedback.

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