5 Steps to Protect Your Attention and Become a Better Thinker

5 Steps to Protect Your Attention and Become a Better Thinker

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  1. One more idea: don’t try to be productive all of the time. If you try to push yourself too hard, your efficiency will be reduced and you’ll be miserable too.

  2. How about turning off notifications? I have the no-frills readers, but as soon as I see a mail or message come in I’m inclined to go check it immediately instead of just continuing reading the article…
    I will try with the grayscale setting on my phone right away.

  3. Also to add, one of the mission-critical moves for enduring success is to build your daily life around your deepest priorities. Certain things generally do not require all of your attention.

  4. The grayscale thing is genius — and for apps where I still need color (cough Pokémon cough) it’s a triple tap away.

  5. Good tips. I am continually surprised how much #5 makes a difference in my thinking and production. A couple nights of poor sleep wreak havoc on me. But a few nights of getting to bed early and sleeping well helps me think better and get more done. No longer do I brag about how little sleep I get like I used to. Thanks for this post.

  6. I already have an alternative solution for #2 in place: when I stumble over a post that deserves dedicated time and full attention, I click the “klip.me” plugin icon on my browser and the blog post gets automatically emailed to my kindle. Sometime later, I read the post offline on the relaxing, passive grayscale display and without the temptation of any “hey, while you are here…” links.

  7. My first step was not clicking anywhere else on my desktop while reading this article. It was difficult to be honest 🙂 But I tried to be as focused as I could. Thanks for the great article.

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