Category Archives: Focus

A Book For Focus

Someone recently asked me if I liked my life in Lubbock (simple to the bone and very little screen time) or my life in Austin (overwhelmed by screen time and surprisingly hard to do face2face. I said Lubbock! But I like stuff. I want to do more!
I am not the person to be giving advice on this score, but will point out a neat book for the problem of a life too cluttered? Too full? Too disctracted.
Essentialism (book)
and lol an executive summary:
Executive Summary

Top 5 Organizational Tip as Fresh "Year" Begins

Students are going back to school this week here. Early Childhood teachers are getting the last bulletin board put up. Parents are browsing through aisles of school supplies. There is a fresh breeze of fall discernible, as we launch into heavy traffic.
Here are my top 5 organizational tips.
1. Calendar! This is your best method for being sure things get done. Make a do list and assign time to tasks.
2. Calendar! Also assign some rest time. Take Saturday or Sunday off. Alot one day to rest and one day to home management and be sure you make some time to socialize.
3. Make clear instructions. Our work coordinates with others and it goes best with the coordination is best. Spending time on making clear instructions saves both grief and time.
4. Plan out some planning time. Yearly consider how well you are aiming at your goals. Are your projects in line with your goals? Monthly, take stock of your finances, and tweak your projects to be sustainable. Weekly organize your time to be effective and efficient. In this way, you won’t just go “round the mountain” but you can “take the mountain.
5. Organize your space. Yes, clean your office. Put things back where they belong. Don’t store things in your workspace. Put your tools in order where you can reach them easily. Making things neat and even pretty has value in brightening your day and making work easier.
and extra 6: Plan to learn something useful. Indeed plan to be open to learning.

Better Focus for More Productivity

Top Ten Tips
1. There is no such thing as multi-tasking, there is only attention switching.
2. Disrupting attention leads to lower productivity.
3. Worrying about performance leads to mess-ups. An athlete, for instance, knows that best performance comes from automatic, not thought-through action.
4. One may reduce the 10,00 hours dramatically by using attention while practicing.
5. There are at least 4 kinds of attention:
One-pointed, goal oriented (good for getting something done)
Open awareness (good for creativity and new ideas)
Reading others (good for satisfying life & getting things done together)
Reading systems (good for organizations, and distant threats)
And possibly a 5th: meta-cognition, or thinking about thinking
6. Self-control correlates with success more than any other factor, including income of family of origin or IQ.
7. Negativity causes focus on the bad too narrowly.
8. Positive emotion widens attention.
9. Stress and over work shut down good attention — in all areas.
10. Social skills, including organizational skills, can be increased through attentional exercises.
Call me if you want training on focusing. Call me if you want some help reading your organization. 512-249-7629
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