Low productivity is a focus problem.
If you keep feeding your distractions, you can’t make real progress. If you are trapped in a wealth of online distractions, you must start thinking about a different approach to work.
Focus, a valuable commodity for getting real work done, is increasingly becoming a lost art.
If you’re trying to be more productive, don’t analyze how you spend your time. Pay attention to what consumes your attention.
If how you work is not working, design a different system that makes progress possible every day, increasing efficiency and output.
Your present life and career total everything you’ve focused on. If you are unhappy with your productive life, change the system that drives it.
New tools and technology are meant to help us work better, faster, and more intelligently, but they often distract us.
Many productivity apps are meant to improve our lives, but they get in the way of deep and accurate work.
You can’t stop responding to those notifications. The zero-email mindset is a productivity trap that keeps you constantly responding to emails.
How can you get real work done when you can’t stop reacting to almost every notification?
“Feed a cold and starve a fever.
To gain productivity, feed your focus and starve your distractions.”
“It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Albert Einstein once said.
Many people have a real plan to get important stuff done — they are not necessarily lazy and don’t know how to stop feeding their distractions.
Attention distraction is one of the biggest obstacles to getting real done. “Focus is the art of knowing what to ignore.
People who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive:
To feed your focus, start separating your urgent work from essential tasks. And most importantly, identify your distractions and how they starve your focus. Knowing your distractions can help you understand how you spend your attention.
For every focused work you want to do, identify the potential distractions, and stop them before you get in the focus zone.
Deep workers often find that notifications, no matter how important the message, takes their deep focus away from the task, and it takes twice as long to get back to focus mode again.
To produce at your peak level, you need to work for extended periods with total concentration on a single task free from distraction.
To feed your focus, create healthy work boundaries that allow you to concentrate on essential tasks fully. Build a system that starves distractions. Create intentional constraints that will enable you to assume focus mode.
When you’re ‘on,’ be entirely on — use headphones, and when possible, hide your phone, turn it upside down, or block notifications. Block internal and external distractions.
The ability to focus for about 30/40/60 minutes is the only difference between truly productive people and those who struggle to get things done.
Measure your work and find the most suitable focused time that works for you. Your degree of focus determines how fast you make progress.
Structure your day in chunks of focused work to make in-depth work sessions work. Start your day with intention. What is the one thing you have to accomplish today? Start your focused sessions with that task.
Set up your environment to support your focus mode. And plan purposeful breaks in-between deep work sessions. (Pomodoro method)
One final insight about prioritizing involves getting disciplined about what you don’t put on the stage. This means not thinking when you don’t have to, becoming disciplined about not paying attention to non-urgent tasks unless, or until, it’s genuinely essential that you do,
Deep work is a habit and working for long stretches at a time takes time to develop. You can start today. Do more focused work daily, and it will become a habit that helps you get real work done weekly. Better routines are the personal habits of highly efficient people.
What do you do to become more productive?
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