Took the last week off from work. During the break, I managed to accomplish so many of the things I haven’t particularly made time for, which was really nice. Went for a few yoga classes, finished reading 3 books (and am determined to start taking and sharing more books notes to share on my newsletters and website).
I’ve also concluded that most productivity books are starting to sound the same to me (which points to the fact that I’m probably reading too much into the same genre) - but it also makes me feel like I have an overall sense of how to really be intentionally productive with my time to be able to live my life to the fullest!
In the recent weeks, I’ve been trying hard to increase my attention / concentration span when I’m working on a task. I’m challenging myself to do a task work without getting distracted by anything else because as we all know, it’s getting more and more difficult to master this habit when we live in a world full of notifications.
Ever get that feeling when you’re working hard on a task, and suddenly you JUST need to know how old Justin Bieber is, and who he is married to? Then you just break away and google it. You have your answer, but suddenly you’re also wondering why Ash Ketchum in Pokemon is still 10 years old!? … and this just happens to be the most interesting thing you NEED to know, right at this very moment. So the search continues, and that’s the instant gratification monkey that’s distracting you from doing the task you have at hand.
One of the insights I’ve picked up from the book ‘Make Time’ by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky
(ex-Googlers) is to make a random question list
. Write out the questions that come to mind when you’re working on a task - it might even be stuff that’s important that you have to do later (picking up eggs during groceries etc) - doing this will prevent the interruption of the flow of your work.
My personal rule: hold off reading articles / watching videos I’m interested in until the end of the day. I’ll always save it to an ‘Input’ folder I have on Notion and will review it when have time. The fascinating thing is - after I go back to review the list, most stuff isn’t as interesting as I find it to be!
Concentration is a habit you have to train up, and it’ll really enable you to accomplish so much. Try this tip and hopefully it’ll help you be less distracted :)
Till the week after!