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To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

Controlling External Factors

  • Control your technology: it’s there to serve you, not the other way around. As often as possible and especially when you’re working, keep your phone silent and out of sight.
  • Control your environment. Set boundaries with others, especially in an open-office setting. For example, use headphones or put up a “do not disturb” sign when you need to focus.

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