In this video, Dave Crenshaw discusses how to create recurring appointments to refocus yourself on what matters. Schedule time in your calendar to replenish your mind and body so that your can focus. Then recommit your focus on what matters.
- Focus is both an expendable and a renewable resource. Think of this a little bit like your muscles. You can use them for a period of time and then eventually the strength gives out. Each time you use them, they get stronger, but eventually you're going to run out of strength. This means that we want to establish a refocusing pattern in your calendar of resting, of replenishing, and recommitting. Let's talk about each of those for just a moment. First of all establish some time in your schedule for resting.
Resting time means we're not going to focus. You're going to schedule a few moments here and there that just allow you to do nothing. Just relax, do some sort of mindless activity. Personally, I like to play video games for a half an hour everyday. It gives me permission to just do nothing and that actually increases my ability to focus later on. Second, you can take time to replenish your focus. One way to do that is by scheduling time in your calendar to review this course in particular.
Perhaps once per quarter, you can just quickly go through all of the videos to remind yourself of what you learned. The great thing about videos on this library is you can speed it up and watch it at high speed if you'd like to. That's okay, I won't be offended. Third, occasionally recommit to the principles that we've discussed in this course. For instance, you might want to reassess your most valuable activities and when you spend time to do them. Or maybe redo the mental firewall activity to reestablish the things that you don't want to let through into your mind.
Or maybe you'll reestablish your digital free zone. By recommitting to the principles you'll get back on track. Remember, focus is like a muscle. Practice work, then take a break. By doing this, your focus muscle will get stronger and stronger over time.
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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