Learning to say No to certain unproductive or distracting actions is the best way to leave space for what's important in your life.
Obligatory behavior doesn't go well with what you want to do. Every aspect of your life will suffer if you take up too many things.
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Focus your attention 100% on the task at hand. Anything less is not ideal.
If you are getting distracted all the time, with email notifications, facebook updates, or a ringing telephone, you are essentially getting robbed of your attention.
1. Deconstruct and look at the components of what you're working on and question all the assumptions you have about them. Think of different ways the same function can be accomplished.
2. Deconstruct it and mash it up with products or concepts from different contexts to generate new ideas.
Writing down your goals will motivate you to take action.
Because articulating your intention is important, but it is not enough. You must execute your goals.