You Are Not Lazy, You Are Distracted: How to Feed Your Focus

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Thomas Oppong

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Low productivity is a focus problem.

If you keep feeding your distractions, you can’t make real progress. If you are trapped in a wealth of online distractions, you have to start thinking about a different approach to work.

Focus, a valuable commodity for getting real work done, is increasingly becoming a lost art.

“If you’re trying to be more productive, don’t analyze how you spend your time. Pay attention to what consumes your attention, writes Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at Wharton and the author of “Originals”.

If how you work is not working, design a different system that makes progress possible every day- a system that increases efficiency and output.

Your present life and career is the total of everything you’ve spent your time focusing on. If you are not happy with your productive life, change the system that drives it.

New tools and technology are meant to help us work better, faster and smarter, but we are often distracted by them.

Many productivity apps are meant to make our lives better and efficient, but they get in the way of deep and real work.

You can’t stop responding to those notifications. The zero email mindset is a productivity trap that keeps you responding to emails all the time.

How are you meant to get real work done when you can’t stop reacting to almost every notification.

Truly productive people feed their focus and starve their distractions

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Albert Einstein once said.

Many people have a real plan to get important stuff done — they are not necessarily lazy. They just don’t know how to stop feeding their distractions.

Attention distraction is one of the biggest obstacles to getting real done. “Focus is the art of knowing what to ignore,” argues James Clear.

Cal Newport, the author of Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. He says people who “cultivate…

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Thomas Oppong

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