Use physical objects—artifacts—to grow your focus by helping you focus on what is most important. Learn how to place artifacts in your workspace and at home to remind you of lessons, victories, or your values.
- When it comes to focus in your physical environment,…most people think about organization…and that is important,…yet we want to take it a step further…by growing your focus.…We can do this by surrounding yourself…with things that remind you of what is most important.…I call these artifacts.…These are any kind of physical object…that you place up in your office…that reminds you of what matters most in your life.…For example,…in my office, I have mementos of places…that I've spoken around the world…and it reminds me of those great experiences.…
However, my favorite is a mini light-saber…that I have underneath a picture of my family.…It reminds me of the time…that I took my children to Disneyland last year.…It reminds me every time I see it…of the importance of my family in my life…and the importance of the work that I do…in helping families.…Take a moment to consider the last year.…What was a powerful life lesson that you learned…or what was a positive memory that you had…that you always want to remember?…Where were you when that happened?…
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- Maintaining focus for longer periods of time
- Using your calendar to preserve focus
- Building a mental firewall
- Establishing expectations and boundaries
- Making time for others
- Avoiding distractions in a digital world
- Improving your workspace