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Pre-Commitment Is Successful

Pre-Commitment Is Successful

Resolving clearly to do something and making a pledge to stick to it helps you focus.

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JOHANN HARI

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

JOHANN HARI

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JOHANN HARI

"Empathy is one of the most complex forms of attention we have – and the most precious. Many of the most important advances in human history have been advances in empathy."

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JOHANN HARI

“In situations of low stress and safety, mind-wandering will be a gift, a pleasure, a creative force. In situations of high stress or danger, mind-wandering will be a torment.”

JOHANN HARI

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Three Ways Task Switching Degrades Your Focus

Three Ways Task Switching Degrades Your Focus

  • Switching cost - You lose focus switching between tasks
  • Screw-up effect. When you switch between tasks, errors that wouldn’t have happened otherwise start to creep in.
  • Creativity drain - In the long run, you are likely to be much less creative.

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JOHANN HARI

“The sensation of being alive in the early twenty-first century consisted of the sense that our ability to pay attention—to focus—was cracking and breaking.”

JOHANN HARI

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Social Media Negativity

Social Media Negativity

  • On average, we will look at something negative and outrageous a lot more than something peaceful and calm
  • Every word of moral outrage increases the chances of retweets on Twitter and words that increased retweet rates are attack, bad, blame
  • Social media sites are designed to ...

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The Attentional Pathogenic Culture

The Attentional Pathogenic Culture

We now live in ‘an attentional pathogenic culture’ – an environment in which sustained and deep focus is extremely hard for all of us, and you have to swim upstream to achieve it. It is not your fault you cannot focus.

Attention spans are decreasing at the time we need them...

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Improve Your Attention

Improve Your Attention

  • Use pre-commitment to stop switching tasks so much.
  • Don't listen to negative self-talk - You’re lazy, you’re not good enough, what’s wrong with you?
  • Take extended times away from social media.
  • Embrace mind-wandering. Letting your mind wander is not a crumbli...

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Importance Of Sleep

Importance Of Sleep

  • The less you sleep, the more your world blurs in every way – the ability to focus, ability to think deeply, ability to make connections
  • During sleep, your brain cleans itself of waste that has accumulated during the day
  • During sleep, your energy levels are restored and replen...

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Break your day into chunks

Break your day into chunks

Breaking your day into chunks helps you be the best you as too much time spent doing one thing can cause you to lose focus and interest. 

And if you’re working on something you don’t really want to do, it makes it easier because you only have to do it for a short while.

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