What I Do When I Can’t Focus

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Do you struggle to finish your tasks? Are you always distracted by notifications, gossiping, or anything that’s random?

In that case, you and I are alike. Because focusing on a single thing is one of the hardest things at work.

There’s always something that interrupts you, right?

  • Another person
  • A call
  • A meeting
  • A false emergency
  • Your cat
  • A stranger’s cat
  • News about last night’s NBA game

Sure, you can blame those things — but that’s weak. You and I both know that those things can’t interrupt you without your permission.

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How To Stop Wasting Time and Improve Your Personal Effectiveness

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The reason I research productivity is simple. I think that a productive life equals a happy life.

Also, if you’re more productive than average people, you’ll advance faster in your career. You learn more. You do more. And eventually are rewarded more.

And when I talk about productivity, I talk about being effective.

Because productivity doesn’t suggest that you get the right things done. It just means you get a lot of stuff done. But that’s not what matters.

Effectiveness, however, refers to getting the right things done.

And if you want to do your job well, earn money, live a meaningful life, or learn skills, that is what matters the most. Otherwise, you just run around in circles. You might appear busy, but you won’t achieve anything meaningful.

In other words: It’s easy to do useless work. Work that doesn’t bring you closer to the outcomes you desire.

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How To Beat Procrastination (backed by science)

the slope of procrastination
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Procrastination has been around since the start of modern civilization.

Historical figures like Herodotus, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Benjamin Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, and hundreds of others have talked about how procrastination is the enemy of results.

One of my favorite quotes about procrastination is from Abraham Lincoln:

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

The funny thing about procrastination is that we all know that it’s harmful. Who actually likes to procrastinate? No one enjoys doing that. Me neither.

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