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Focus isn't the Problem, Disconnecting is

publishedover 1 year ago
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How do you disconnect when your home is your office?

Reflection

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Disconnecting isn’t the absence of focus, but the switching of its gaze.”

You can be a workaholic without putting in overtime, physically present without paying attention, and working without a keyboard.

It’s not about the time you spend, but the way in which you spend that time.

Put aside your agenda, checklists, and thoughts about work by focusing on the interest of your loved ones.

At the end of the day, put yourself last.

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Quote

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"Letting thoughts linger without focusing on them gives our brains the opportunity to deal with problems in a different, often surprisingly productive way." — Sönke Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes

Action

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Create Checkpoints

You can't just turn it off, setting down unfinished would be equivalent to pushing the power button, all progress would be lost.

When a task is left unfinished, our brains attempt to retain the progress. As a result, our short-term memory becomes a slew of unfinished tasks, which prevents you from putting down your work but also sparks anxiety.

This is known as the Zeigarik Effect.

All is not lost, it also informs us that tasks do not need to be completed to convince our brains to stop thinking about them.

You simply have to create a checkpoint, by writing down information that convinces you it will be taken care of.

Until next time,

Josh Duffney

Favorite thing of the week: “Training the habit, becomes the habit” — Charlotte M. Mason, Home Education