In The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield introduces a concept he calls Resistance:
“Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”
Basically, Resistance is that evil thing that makes us procrastinate and stops us from doing our work. It’s not tangible. We can’t shake it off or fight it physically. And we sure as heck can’t ever be complacent and think we’ve beaten it for good.
In fact, if you don’t read any further than this paragraph, I want you to take away one concept: Have a singular focus.
Research shows that our brains are wired to work on tasks serially, and not in parallel. This means that our brains suck at multitasking…but that we are good at focusing on one thing at a time.
Feeling ready for finals?
If not, you’re not alone. But there’s something you can do about it.
Ready for the next level, but not sure how to get there? Maybe you need to find yourself a mentor.
Winners never quit, right?
Well, no. It’s a bit more complicated than that, at least according to Seth Godin.
If you’ve seen Thomas’ recent video on multitasking, you may be wondering: if I can’t do focus on two things at once, what about music? Does listening to music count as multitasking? Is the study playlist an ironically unproductive trap?
Well, no, it’s not. But there’s more to it than that.
It’s almost March now, so you know what that means: it’s time to start your post-New Year’s-resolutions resolutions.
Well, not you, dear listener. I’m sure you’re doing just fine — but your friends probably need some help getting back on the wagon, right?
It’s the end of an era. Today marks the sixth and final chapter in our series on Robert Cialdini’s “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.”
And now that you know that, you should value this episode ever so slightly more due to the effect of scarcity — the same effect that pushes us toward limited edition Oreo flavors and convinces people gold is worth something.
According to a study done by TheLadders, that’s how much time a recruiter or hiring manager is going to give your resume.
I know, I know. That’s sad and discouraging to hear, especially if you’ve just spent hours and hours painstakingly crafting every word and tweaking margins and font sizes to achieve god-like resume status.
(At least you’re not a professional speed stacker, whose career depends on how quickly you can build a cup-pyramid and tear it down in much less than 6 seconds. But that’s beside the point.)