How busyness leads to bad decisions
People love being busy and cannot sit idle. A study found people preferred giving themselves electric shocks rather than sitting idly all day.
Smoking, for example, is habit-forming due to the same reason, having something to do, instead of being idle.
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Though historically, the ultimate symbol of wealth, achievement and social superiority was the freedom not to work. Now we measure our worth not by the results we achieve, but by how much of our time we spend doing things.
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The act of becoming aware of where your attention is focused helps you to direct your attention where you want it to be - on creating something significant.
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?
Your to-do list can be a tool that guides you through your work, or it can be a big fat pillar of undone time bombs taunting you and your unproductive inadequacy.
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Instead of letting tasks you're not quite committed to loiter on your to-do list until you're sick of looking at them, move them off to a separate list, a holding area for Someday/Maybe items.
Only concrete actions you're committed to completing should live on your to-do list.