Have you been struggling to focus lately? Me too!
Last week I was made redundant due to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic on travel. Meanwhile, I've been fielding new opportunities from recruiters, exploring a side hustle with a friend and working on freelance projects. Then there's my actual, soon-to-be-redundant job.
I needed a circuit-breaker to get back in the zone. So I turned to the blog of best-selling author James Clear. His book Atomic Habits gets rave reviews. It's been on my radar for ages, but I still haven't read it. Anyway, James' blog has a free, dedicated guide on improving focus:
These are the main takeaways:
- People don’t have trouble focusing. They have trouble deciding.
- Multitasking is a myth. Focus only occurs when we say yes to one option and no to all others.
- Focus only requires a present no, not a permanent one.
- Measure progress – focus fades with a lack of feedback.
- Learn to love the process, not the outcome.
- Assign one (and only one) priority to each workday.
- Manage your energy, not your time.
Pro tip: read the guide for yourself and put it into practice. It worked for me. I almost gave up on this week's newsletter. But here we are. Let me know if it works for you.
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It's been another solid week of new subscribers. Welcome, everyone! I'm glad you're here.
Until next week, find some focus and do your best work.