Your mission is to find your life's work and to not get distracted once you do.
"Crawford called distractibility, or lack of ability to focus, the “mental equivalent of obesity”." This is such a great quote and something I've only recently started to recognize in myself. I feel like we as a society have become so used to being distracted most can't even recognize that it's an issue. Which of course makes it worse. Reading What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains was what really got me thinking about this. I recently read Essentialism (excellent) and just started reading The War of Art. Both deal with the issues of focus as well.
I've started using Opal to be more intentional about focus sessions. My favorite feature is you can do a 'deep focus' session and once you start it you can't edit it or take a break; the apps you've blocked are blocked unless you delete the Opal app.
I'm interested in what "night shift" links to, but the link appears to be broken.
This was a very helpful piece.
Thanks, Frederik. Great as always, and much needed in a busy week with many things pulling in different directions.
Fantastic piece and reminder on the power of focus. Thank you!
Brilliant and helpful.
Excellent post, thanks for sharing!
This is insanely timely. Thanks for writing this!
Fantastic Frederik. You are very good at absorbing knowledge and at sharing it. You writing is very well structured and the ideas you want to convey flow smoothly. It is a pleasure to read you. Congratulations.
Super Arbeit Frederik!
- The circles as metaphors for macro and micro focus
- The difficulties that one might stumble upon when facing either of these
- Wonderful references and quotes
Thanks, Frederick. Inspiring from an entrepreneurial standpoint. I wonder what the authors of The Good Life - about the Harvard Study of Adult Development - would say about this? I imagine it’s something along the lines of “If your focus isn’t relationships, you may be in for a rude awakening.” Thoughts?
To your question on micro focus, what helps me most is logging everything I do. Sounds crazy, but it takes maybe 5-10 min a day all in and gives me an invaluable focus on how I spend my time. The ability to pull back details on any day of my life is precious, too.