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Achieving Focus


I have a very "busy" mind and zero ability to organize anything.

Lots of "Shiny New Ideas" popping in at every turn.

"Oh! That YouTube looks interesting!"

"What are those cats doing out in the living room?"

"I should check my email again."

"Is it time for lunch?"

"I need another cup of coffee or tea."

"Where's my favorite pen?"

"Is that a bird in the backyard?"

"Oh, I want to download that cool font"

"I should write a new blog post before beginning work"


It goes on like this day and night despite my best efforts.

So, for me to finish this book I really have to narrow my focus down to just doing that, and only that.


According to Dr. Cal Newport, mastering focus and concentrating intensely on a single goal is a trainable skill. Which practiced over longer and longer periods of time can render solid results. This can be done in 3 steps -


  1. Embrace Boredom - feel the craving for mental stimulus, but do not feed it.

  2. Productive Meditation - Go for a walk. Let your mind 'chew' on a given problem relating to what you want to accomplish.

  3. Interval Training - Focus on a single task for a set period of time by using a timer - 20 minutes, 45 minutes, whatever you choose.


I'm going to give it a try and see.

Because this book is important to me and I really want to finish it this year.


Dear Reader, I hope this post finds you focused on what you want to accomplish as well.


Until next time ... Here's Brian Eno's 'Music for Airports' - some of my favorite music to draw to.



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