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Don’t Get Distracted by Technology

Don’t Get Distracted by Technology

Technology is amazing, isn’t it? I love my iPhone. In less than 10 minutes, I found directions, connected with a friend, checked out my Crossfit workout of the day, and bought a book on Amazon. I video chatted with a former professor who was living in South Africa via...
How to Improve Your Focus with a Work-Break Balance

How to Improve Your Focus with a Work-Break Balance

Sometimes I struggle with getting distracted during my workday. For example, the other day I was really trying to focus on a writing project. I was making good progress, and then for some reason I got distracted. I opened Facebook and started to browse various posts....
Focus Your Energy Like a Lightsaber

Focus Your Energy Like a Lightsaber

May the Fourth Be With You 🙂 I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I have always liked the movies, ever since I was a little kid. Not too long ago, I watched the original Star Wars movie again, just for fun. One of my favorite parts of the movie happens near the beginning, when...
What is My Intention Here?

What is My Intention Here?

Most of the time in my life, I have a tendency to coast along, unintentional. Maybe you can relate. You go through the motions at work, church, and in your relationships. Things aren’t going poorly per se, but you aren’t exactly at your best. Easy to Lose Focus Part...
How to Combat Distraction: Do One Thing Each Day

How to Combat Distraction: Do One Thing Each Day

Sometimes it can be difficult to be proactive and make consistent progress on your most important tasks. I know this is true for me. There are so many things that compete for my time and attention. Emails from colleagues and students. Grading papers. Responding to...
Is Now the Right Time for This?

Is Now the Right Time for This?

I’ve been asking myself a simple question lately that has helped me to live a more focused and purposeful life. Here is the question: Is now the right time for this? The idea behind the question is that if we want to live a focused and purposeful life, we should be...
No Distractions

No Distractions

We live in a world that is full of distractions. I realized this the other day as I was trying to get some writing done. I sat down with my laptop, got caught up to speed on where I was at in my manuscript, and started to write. A few minutes later, the phone rang. It...
The Problem with Task Switching

The Problem with Task Switching

If you want to maximize your efficiency, it’s a good idea to minimize the amount of time you spend task switching. What is task switching exactly? Task switching occurs when you shift your focus to something new. For example, let’s say you are working on a project at...
Focus on One Thing This Month

Focus on One Thing This Month

One of my favorite books on personal effectiveness is called ‘The Power of Less’ by Leo Babauta. One of the main takeaways from his book is that we often fail at creating new habits because we try to do too many things at once. For example, maybe we want to eat...