Is there a game changer in the way you could approach your ‘work’. Newport argues that there is.
Check out this simple formula (worth repeating):
WORK ACCOMPLISHED = TIME SPENT x INTENSITY OF FOCUS
(from ‘How to Become a Straight A Student.’)
Newport says that applying yourself with ‘focused bursts’ is a very efficient way to increase efficiency. He says we want to try and avoid ‘pseudo – work’ which he defines as involving a very low level of intensity and focus.
Here is a beautiful example of that...
“Assume it takes ten hours to finish studying for a test by pseudo-working with a low intensity score of 3. According to our formula, this same amount of work can be accomplished with only three one-hour bursts, each with an intensity of 10. The work that took you all day Sunday to complete could instead be finished by studying an hour after breakfast, an hour after lunch, and an hour after dinner—the rest of the day being free for you to relax” (Newport).
To get your going (again) here a tool from ‘Becoming a Student of Focus’
ON THIS DAY OF FOCUS
What is the single most powerful action step you could take today towards developing your FOCUS?
What is one single simple enjoyable step you could take as a STUDENT OF FOCUS RIGHT NOW?
In the space below answer the following question in BIG CAPITAL LETTERS.
On this day of FOCUS the single most powerful action step I can take to become more of a Student of Focus is…
More FOCUS…more POTENTIAL.
p.s what do you need to eliminate (by way of distractions e.g. cell phone out of sight?)
p.p.s what do you need to add (e.g. a more conducive learning space?)