Be honest with yourself: how long can you pay attention to one thing without being distracted and switching focus to something else?
According to a study referenced in Chris Bailey’s Hyperfocus, for a group a people in an office environment, the average was a measly 40 seconds. If that’s any indicator for the population at large, you might not even make it through what I’ve said so far without losing track for a second.
No judgements, we’ve all got things to work on. But in that spirit, we’re talking about things that stood out to us in Hyperfocus today.
With any luck, we might even learn to focus for a couple of minutes at a time. Wouldn’t that be something?
Things mentioned in this episode:
This week’s episode is sponsored by:
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Other things we mentioned in this episode:
- Hyperfocus, by Chris Bailey
- The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Productivity (Ep. 59)
- The Productivity Project (Ep. 155)
- Thomas’ notes on Hyperfocus
- Hit Makers, by Derek Thompson
- 5 Skills and How We Learn Them (Ep. 294)
- A Mind for Numbers, by Barbara Oakley
- Range, by David Epstein
- Headspace (iOS | Android)
- Wendover Productions’ The Five Rules of Risk video
- Be Focused
- Tide (iOS | Android)
Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.
- 0:01:12 – Scatterfocus
- 0:22:53 – Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name)
- 0:25:58 – Deciding what’s valuable to you
- 0:43:11 – Creating a distraction-free ritual
- 0:56:07 – Conclusion
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