Focus Is A Muscle

It’s hard to focus. It’s always been hard for me to sustain concentration over a long period of time. The human condition. I’m not unique, and I may even be above average. Still. It’s the biggest challenge, and mastering it creates a reward.

The muscle muscle be built.

Spending time in the Flow State, serving your business, serving clients, serving others.  That life. That night.

The digital age. The million distractions that we can respond to. The opportunities to slide.

Working to get *good* at focus by the following means:

1. Tools- Things like IA Writer, notecards, timers, standing desks- that make it easy to think through and complete tasks.
2. Schedule- A plan in advance what we are meaning to do. We set alarms so that it happens.
3. Friction Reduction- There are loads of opportunities
4. Systems- Templates to do things “correctly,” so that every time we work on something we aren’t reinventing the wheel.
5. Checklists- A subset of tools, but we want to always know what we’re working on.
6. Virtues & Practices- bigger reasons that we do what we do. This sort of comes last, but is also first.

Being personally competent is a first order value. Like with the thoughts on “debt,” if there is a lack of personal control, then it’s going to be very hard to perform in an open ended job.

GTD was a triage system that helped us work through and “churn digital widgets.” But we want to make a life that supports the type of focus and deep work that transcends triage.


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Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson is writing this blog. He's a startup veteran, having built a company called Simplifilm. This blog is about things that he's starting to - but may not actually - think yet. It publishes irregularly.

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