it helps with focus and concentration.
Mind polution by proxy:
Results from two experiments indicate that even when people are successful at maintaining sustained attention—as when avoiding the temptation to check their phones—the mere presence of these devices reduces available cognitive capacity.
via Nicholas Bate
The “larger questions” often can’t be tackled at work, because creativity and critical thinking require uninterrupted focus – like going for a walk or sitting quietly on a couch by yourself. Or a bike ride. Or talking to someone outside your field.
But mass acceptance isn’t nearly as important as it used to be. Pockets of commitment and enthusiasm are more important than being tolerated or even accepted by the disinterested masses.
To learn more make sure to lookup the 1000 true fans concept by Kevin Kelly.
How to Maximize Your Focus and Master Your Priorities](http://jamesclear.com/buffett-focus) via James Clear.
When we’re constantly fixated on the verbal agenda—what to say next, what to write next, what to tweet next—it’s tough to make room for truly different perspectives or radically new ideas. It’s hard to drop into deeper modes of listening and attention.
Busy is the waste that occurs when you don’t know what to do with the free time that’s fallen into your lap, so you squander it on something unproductive and disappointing.
When something is essential, it is absolutely necessary. Essential is the very definition of what’s truly important.
Urgent is relative, but essential is absolute. While urgency is usually defined by external factors, essentialness is fundamentally important to a project or goal, regardless of external factors.
Two quotes I picked up from How to Stay Focused in an Age of Distraction
There are myriad of ways to slide and dice tasks, organise projects and align goals. But if the answer to a question “is this task/project/goal essential?”, is yes then this is an important thing. This is where your focus should be. This is the thing you should dedicate your time to.
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
I found this wonderful quote by Einstein throungh a blog post by Morgan Housel What’s Wrong with Finance
There’s an infinite selection of activities in the world that might bring some value. If you insist on labeling every activity avoided as value lost, then no matter how frantically you fill your time, it’s unavoidable that the final tally of your daily experience will be infinitely negative.
Don’t pay catchup with the internet play by your own rules.
Meaningful Productivity Thrives on Deep Work, Focused Attention, and Relationships
Shawn Blanc shares some Thoughts on Meaningful Productivity
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
Most suffering in life comes from Things that are unimportant but distract you from what is important
Picked this up from Scott Berkun’s The Three piles of life.
Patrick Rhone has very thoughtful piece on the concept of right action. He investigates it by looking at his usage of social media however the key concepts can be easily applied to other areas of life.
So too, before one takes action, one must have, understanding, intention, and speech rightly aligned. Because your action will be supported, flow from and be informed by all of these — rightly aligned or not.
I too have been looking at my commitments and how are they aligned with what I want and aspire to. The first step is really to step back and ponder on the things that happen in ones life. Not to judge them but simply see as they are and where they lead to. Another way is to look at the things that one wants to invite to his or hers life.
I think approaching from two perspectives is helpful as so far I’ve noted couple things that require addressing and alignment. One such thing amongst the items I picked up on is running this site. I definitely sense that the alignments is missing. Often times I can get one or two items to align and only occasionally all three of them. Despite seeing numerous benefits flowing from running this site I’m yet to find a way of building strong alignment and maintain it on a long term basis.
I invite you to read Patrick’s post and think of your own actions and how aligned they are.
A short glimpse into a day of one of the best ultra runners.
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