What are the strategies that bring more focus?
- Practice it it’s a muscle and can be exercised
Clear your head. Regularly clear head from ideas. Write them down, outline how to take them forward. Practice GTD or similar method.
Find locations with little or no interruptions. Banish notifications
Stop being reactive. Take control over when you check messages, when you look at updates or respond to people.
Get proper sleep 7-8 hours. It has bigger impact than any amount of work or effort you could put in.
Read more over How to focus
Interesting take on who is controlling and influencing your time. Is it you or someone / something else?
Also is the tradeoff, your time and attention vs, self service checkout, Facebook feed and YouTube clips really worth it.
Shadow work | The Art of Manliness
Last night I got to watch Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Arianna Huffington. One of the topics touched on the amount of time spend working.
One particular sentence by Arianna Huffington that stood out for me was:
people are paid for their judgement not for their stamina
This is quite profound especially if you think how much infromation is produced every minute, how many workplaces are lost due to automation. This process isn’t slowing down, quite the opposite. One can’t keep up with a machine that can perform the same set of tasks over and over again without any need for break, sleep or else.
It’s clear we can’t produce more purely by spending more hours working. In fact it’s the reverse the more you work the lower your output. There are countless examples of that.
This brings us to judgement this is how one provides value to company. By taking time to think, work on insights, use creativity to suggest new solutions or improvements.
See full episode for some more insights Oprah & Arianna Huffington on Her Big Wake-Up Call.
This is a must listen eposide for anyone that knows and reads Seth Godin.
How Seth Godin Manages His Life — Rules, Principles, and Obsessions
I’s still have final 30 minutes to listen to but one thing I can tell is that if you are looking to improve your writing by using the same type of application as Seth you won’t find it there.
Regular questioning how things are, operate and work is a good practice.
It forces reflection, makes you reconsider direction of your actions.
Maybe it’s time to pull out your favorite notebook, grab a pen and work through some of the questions Seth Godin posted to help you assess work.
Seth’s Blog – Ten questions for work that matters.
My all time favorite task and list managemet tool Remember the Milk has been significantly updated.
I was part of the testing programe and used all the new features for quite a while.
If you haven’t checked this tool in a while it’s definitely worth a look now. It’s modern, fast and infinately flexible.
More details on Remember The Milk – What’s New.