More focus

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

Judgement vs Stamina

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.