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Mindfulness and focusing

Do you do just enough thinking and end up making little real progress?

Are some parts of the day, week, month or year better for certain types of work than others?

Writing on his blog Study Hacks, Georgetown Professor Cal Newport sees the benefits of deep concentration as a technique to allocate time, focus and become more productive and efficient.

First, reduce the “overhead” you spend remembering where you left off and getting your mind ready to concentrate each time you only spend a few hours focusing on a problem.

When you focus on a specific deep work goal for 10 to 15 hours – two days immersed in deep work – you might produce more results than two months of scheduling just an hour a day.

Second, since your body works in cycles, match your rhythms. Consider your planning during a certain time and then another for actually executing.

This deep concentration probably yields better results than trying to mix everything together.

And multi-tasking? Fuhgeddaboudit!

Focus!

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What happens when you’re disorganized or worse?

Are you getting it together?

Think about these questions before addressing the problem:

+ Why is it important to be organized?

+ Do you understand why?

+ Do you feel that organizing isn’t important?

+ Are you habitually disorganized?

+ How aware are you of your disorganization’s effects on those around you?

+ Are you going through situational disorganization due to traumatic or one-time exceptional situation or even?

+ How do you thrive on your disorganization?

+ How do you create artificial crises to keep yourself interested in what you’re doing?

+ Do you have an untreated medical condition that can cause moderate to severe disorganization?

Being disorganized can be stress enducing!

Remember, being organized at work and home adds to your work-life integration.

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