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

Create intentional constraints

Thomas Oppong
4 min readAug 19, 2021


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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.



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