When life gets blurry, adjust your focus.
Starve your distractions, feed your focus.
For the future, the motto is, No days unalert.
You get more of whatever you give attention to.
Take a deep breath and focus on what's really important.
Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses.
In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power.
Success demands singleness of purpose.
Focus does not mean saying yes, it means saying no.
Only through focus can you do world-class things, no matter how capable you are.
Effectiveness begins with elimination. Choose your ignorances as carefully as your interests.
Too much sugar leads to a heavy body, and too many distractions lead to a heavy mind.
I'll live the focused life, because it's the best kind there is.
Focus is more important than genius.
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it; dream of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea; and leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
I think the ability is to singularly focus is related to the ability to lose yourself and be present, happy, and actually, ironically, more effective.
Humans are not designed to have the entire world's news thrown at them all the time.
To produce at your peak level you need to work for extended periods with full concentration on a single task free from distraction.
If I had an hour to solve a problem, I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.
Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what's urgent, learn to focus on what is really important.
You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.
Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.
These three things leads to positive non-linear results: clarity, focus, and time. Simple but not easy.
Self-actualizing people - highly functioning people who live at extraordinary levels of awareness - train their minds to focus on what they intend to create and what they intend to manifest, and they won't let anybody change their mind.
The only reason men fail is because of broken focus.
You'll be bombarded by thousands of requests demanding your attention every day. Learn to distinguish the trivial and the vital.
The modern impediment to learning is attention, not access.
It is good to have a goal, but bad to let your goal have you. Focus is good, but focus that is too narrow becomes blindness.
Only the paranoid survive.
Multitasking is a lie.
Focus is more important than intelligence.
Multitasking is the sign of a stressed and diseased mind simultaneously doing many things poorly. Quality work and quality thinking require quiet focus.
Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you'll have more time, and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, Is this necessary?
If you don't pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.
Develop the habit of letting small bad things happen. If you don't, you'll never find time for the life-changing big things.
Those who focus best are relatively immune to emotional turbulence.
Where focus goes, energy flows.
Always remember, your focus determines your reality.
If there are nine rabbits on the ground and you want to catch one, just focus on one.
Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs.
My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things.
I don't focus on what I'm up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.
The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.
I succeeded because I have a long attention span.
The first requisite of success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem without growing weary.
Focus like a laser, not a flashlight.
Channel your energy. Focus.
The main thing is to keep the main thing a main thing.
We expand what we focus on.
Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.
Flow follows focus.
FOCUS - Follow One Course Until Successful.
High-Quality Work Produced = x (Intensity of Focus).
Drama is distraction.
Re-focus. What's vital?
We believe in saying no to thousands of projects so that we can really focus on the few that are truly important and meaningful to us.
The art of leadership is saying No, not saying Yes. It is very easy to say Yes.
The best companies are those with a laser focus. They do less, but they do it better.
Forget about finding your passion. Instead, focus on finding big problems.
My only ritual is to just sit down and write, write every day.
Most of the big things you want in life are on the other side of short-term pains.
Some will try to use their willpower to discipline. Others will simply change their environment.
To simply wait and be bored has become a novel experience in modern life, but from the perspective of concentration training, it's incredibly valuable.
The less delayed your gratifications, the less long term your mind will orient itself.
Effective action begins with the reduction of ineffective action. You can't do anything if you are trying to do everything. We are limited in energy and attention. The world is chaotic and very complex. Every choice is a sacrifice. Choose consciously.
The Internet offers unlimited access to high value information and low value distraction. It is as good as your self-control. Make it serve you. Don't serve it.
The Internet provides access to an education that the aristocracy of old couldn't have imagined. It also provides the perfect attack vector for marketers to exploit cognitive vulnerabilities and dominate your attention. A world-class education is free for the undistractable.
Have a sense of urgency and commitment ” what you do you must do well, with all of your energy, not with a mind shooting off in a hundred direction.
You cannot have everything in the present. The road to mastery requires patience. You will have to keep your focus on five or ten years down the road, when you will reap the rewards of your efforts. The process of getting there, however, is full of challenges and pleasures.
Sleep as much as you need. 7 - 9 hours, every day. Anything less than that and there's going to be a cognitive cost. Less focus, bad memory, more mistakes.
No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.
Focusing on one thing means putting other things aside. It means not waiting until the last-second to do an important project or read an important paper, using the last-minute crunch to force you to focus.
To accomplish something great you need to focus each and every day. More than that, you need strategies to protect your time and energy.
Along with a strong belief in your own inner voice, you also need laser-like focus combined with unwavering determination.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus.
Concentrate on a single goal, a single task, and beat it into submission.
Efficiency and focus are the keys to success.
Cut your excuses in half and double your actions around your goals.
Achieve self-mastery over your thoughts, and constantly direct them toward your goals and objectives. Learn to focus your attention on the goals that you want to achieve and on finding ways to achieve those goals.
One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one's greatest efforts.
Goal-setting is powerful because it provides focus. It shapes our dreams. It gives us the ability to hone in on the exact actions we need to perform to achieve everything we desire in life.
By thinking about your goals every morning, many times during the day, and every night, you begin moving toward it, and bringing it toward you.
Your real work is to decide what you want and then to focus upon it. For it is through focusing upon what you want that you will attract it.
If you want to reach your goals and dreams, you cannot do it without discipline.
Focus on the day-to-day not the outcome. Outcomes take care of themselves.
Remember: goals can be useful to achieve things but they can also make you feel miserable. Instead, build good habits.
If our goal is to create, to produce amazing things, to go for quality over quantity, then rushing is not the most effective way to work. Slowing down and focusing is always more effective.
Discovering what you really want saves you endless confusion and wasted energy.
For a person to become deeply involved in any activity it is essential that he knows precisely what tasks he must accomplish, moment by moment.
People work better when they know what the goal is and why. It is important that people look forward to coming to work in the morning and enjoy working.
Stay focused, ignore the distractions, and you will accomplish your goals much faster.
Distractions are eating away the prime of your life. You probably know this vaguely but don't realize it deeply enough to take action.
In ancient times having power meant having access to data. Today having power means knowing what to ignore.
I don't have a smartphone. My attention is one of the most important resources I have, and the smartphone is constantly trying to grab my attention. There's always something coming in.
Corporations are using tech to reprogram you into a dependent consumer. Use tech to transform yourself into an independent producer.
Your time, focus and attention are your most valuable assets. That's why companies try to trick you with drama. Stay alert.
One way to boost our will power and focus is to manage our distractions instead of letting them manage us.
Multitasking divides your attention and leads to confusion and weakened focus.
Mindfulness creates centered awareness. When you do one thing at a time, you're guaranteed excellent results. If you do too many things simultaneously, it messes up your neural circuits.
Once the Internet came along, I think it destroyed everyone's attention span. Now all of humanity's works are available to you at any given time and you're being interrupted constantly. Our attention span goes down, our ability to focus goes down.
Distractions secretly steal the most precious thing you have in your life - Time.
The average American watches over 30 hours of television a week. How many would say they have a project they'd love to do if only they had the time?
We evolved in environments where it made sense to overreact to every threat. A lion in the grass requires an immediate reaction. Strike or be struck. Our threat detection systems are not designed for modern life and are easily exploited by cynical marketers and propagandists.
Social media is very positive and profitable for a narrow set of people at the top of the distribution and is likely a net negative for almost everyone else. Most haven't developed the skills to use it well. It captures a lot of attention and emotion for generally little reward.
Mobile phones should be called distraction machines. Checking your distraction machine first thing in the morning is not the ideal way to start your day.
Entertainment hubs masquerading as productivity devices - the perfect combo.
E-mail isn't free. It seems free. It feels free.
Pollution can be smog from a factory or mental filth from mass media generated ideals.
Public attention is actually a nuisance and a distraction.
What if you stopped listening to news or current affairs? Surely for most people it'll bring a positive change in their life. Instead of the temporary, focus on the timeless which is always relevant. What is current is not necessarily important/relevant. Often it is just noise.
Deep thinking demands sustaining a focused mind. The more distracted we are, the more shallow our reflections; likewise, the shorter our reflections, the more trivial they are likely to be.
In life, drama is glamorized and used to usurp our attention. Advantages in life, however, are not based on drama but rather are the byproduct of doing mundane things every day really well without losing focus.
Information diets are additive through subtraction, like literal diets. Don't focus on what you should consume but on what you shouldn't.
Once you're wired for distraction, you crave it.
Don't take breaks from distraction. Instead take breaks from focus.
To succeed with deep work you must rewire your brain to be comfortable resisting distracting stimuli.
Focus is like a muscle. And if you're like most people, your focus muscles have gotten weak due to your constant multitasking, web-surfing, and busy-working.
If you want to win the war for attention, don't try to say 'no' to the trivial distractions you find on the information smorgasbord; try to say 'yes' to the subject that arouses a terrifying longing, and let the terrifying longing crowd out everything else.
Keep things simple, focused and effective by single-tasking.
What you focus on grows, what you think about expands, and what you dwell upon determines your destiny.
Focus for fabulous results.
You must be zealous in order to focus.
Focus on one thing: your most important.
Learn to say no or you'll go loco.
Being busy is cheap, focus is expensive.
Focus on what you have.
Do whatever you do intensely.
Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.
Goals may give focus, but dreams give power.
Set your target and keep trying until you reach it.
Focus to unlock your genius.
Don't worry about what you can't control. Our focus and energy needs to be on the things we can control. Attitude, effort, focus - these are the things we can control.
Your current thoughts are creating your future life. What you think about the most or focus on the most will appear as your life.
Everyone has the same amount of time, and hard work is simply hard work. As a result, what you do in the time you work determines what you achieve. And since what you do is determined by what you think, how big you think becomes the launching pad for how high you achieve.
An hour of focused attention may be worth more than days of partial attention. This is true for work and for relationships. Chronic multitasking is a symptom of messy decision making. Don't try to do everything at once. Do one thing well, then do another.
Directed attention results in precise and effective action. Divided attention results in clumsy and inconsistent action.
How do some achieve what many desire? They seek the best teachers. They sacrifice. They delay gratification. They see the world as it is, not as they wish it to be. They revise their theories. They resist distraction. They watch the right metrics. They avoid costly drama.
Turn off the news. Delay the unessential. Reduce your appointments. Slow down. Break tasks into small portions. Seek help. Focus on little pleasures. Count your blessings. Sleep. Drink more water. Take a walk. Breathe deeply. Sit quietly and let every muscle relax.
In general, obstacles force your mind to focus and find ways around them. They heighten your mental powers and should be welcomed.
Focus on your greater goal, your destiny.
Arise, awake, and stop not until the goal is achieved.
The past is gone, never to come back. Whatever you did or could not do is history; you cannot go back in time to do or undo it. Brooding on the past is futile, so is being anxious about future. Focus on what you can do in the present because the present is creating your future.
Our focus is our future.
To leave the distracted masses to join the focused few, I'm arguing, is a transformative experience.
Human beings, it seems, are at their best when immersed deeply in something challenging.
All great achievements are the result of sustained focus over time - all of them.
You either waste your time and energy multitasking , or you can focus all your resources on a single task and win big. But before you commit to that single task you must choose it with care otherwise it too will be a waste. Focus is power. Harness it and you can move mountains.
The best moments usually occur when a person's body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen.
Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself.
If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.
Nothing interferes with my concentration. You could put on an orgy in my office and I wouldn't look up. Well, maybe once.
Sometimes success is 3% brains and 97% not getting distracted by the Internet.
Teens think listening to music helps them concentrate. It doesn't. It relieves them of the boredom that concentration on homework induces.
Multitasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time.
It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
Keep the focus of your life in the here and now.
Games are won by players who focus on the playing field - not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard.
What you focus on with your thought and feeling is what you attract into your experience.
Concentrate on your task, right here, right now. Trust that if you do your best now, eventually, the law of compounding will act in your favor.
Most people think that intelligence is about brain, where really it's about focus. Genius is just attention to a subject until it becomes specific.
If you don't take the time to focus on what matters, then you're living a life of someone else's design.
If we focus on what's ugly, we attract more ugliness into our thoughts, and then into our emotions, and ultimately into our lives.
Just focus on the one or two really really important things, and everything else, just surrender to it.
When you slow down, you can focus better. It's hard to focus if you're moving to fast.
Your mind isn't unfocused. It's just focused on something that another part of your mind want's it to be focused on. This creates self-conflict.
This may be the last generation that has a powerful tool like the Internet, and the focused attention span to do deep work.
Reaction is the enemy of creation. Creation requires deep sustained focus. This focus is under constant attack by notifications that encourage you to respond to unending false emergencies. Protect your attention and direct it to where it is most valuable.
Your attention has real economic value. How much of that value are you capturing? How much is being captured by Facebook, or Netflix, or CNN? Your attention has value to others. It should be priceless to you. Don't give it away carelessly.
In today's society, independent thinking is revolutionary activity where the human mind is bombarded with commercial aspirations.
Be on guard. The road widens, and many of the detours are seductive.
You: Stares at a blue light emitting screen all day. Never gets sunlight. Sleeps 6 hours a night. Never meditates. Does not pre-allocate your time. Also you: Why can't I focus on anything for more than 20 minutes?
In an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.
Bring the mind into sharp focus and make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere. The mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought processes and even ordinary thought itself.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.
Observe things as they are and don't pay attention to other people.
The greatest challenge is to control oneself.
Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem.
Focus on the solution, not on the problem.
Stop managing your time. Start managing your focus.
If you try to do too much, you will not achieve anything.
People who can focus, get things done. People who can prioritize, get the right things done.
I learned long ago to focus on things you can control and don't even pay attention to things you don't.
They will all ask for your time and attention. Learning to say no will be your superpower.
There are times you'll need to be wide open. There are times you'll need to narrowly focused. Choose your perspective wisely.
The faster and busier things get, the more we need to build thinking time into our schedule. And the noisier things get, the more we need to build quiet reflection spaces in which we can truly focus.
One must say yes in order to develop. The young can benefit from saying yes to everything. Novel experiences reveal unknown talents and inclinations. Experience also reveals that many opportunities are only a chance to trade your time away. One must say no in order to focus.
Note when your attention drifts. Note what it drifts to. Identify what you find instinctively captivating. This may be valuable information about what you are capable of focusing deeply on.
Focus on what you control. Your habits. Your responses. Your ability to learn. Your ability to think. These are controllable and give you massive tailwinds.
It's not the chatter of people around us that is the most powerful distractor, but rather the chatter of our own minds. Utter concentration demands these inner voices be stilled.
Make sure every day you do what matters most. When you know what matters most, everything makes sense. When you don't know what matters most, anything makes sense.
It's not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less. Nathan W.
First of all, it's the ability to focus. When you train the mind to focus on something like the breath, it also gives you the discipline to focus on much bigger things and to really tell the difference between what's important and everything else.
The ability to stay focused will be the superpower of the 21st century.
Focus all your attention and energy on the achievement of the objectives you are involved with right now.
In this modern age, being able to stay focused on one thing for an extended period of time is what will separate you from the rest.
Attention is the most mispriced asset on the planet. People give it away for nothing online, and tech companies resell it for a fraction of its value.
Most people focus too much on what's going to happen next, and not enough on what's happening now.
The artists who endure are the ones who stay focused even after they have reached the top of their profession.
Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.
Less mental clutter means more mental resources available for deep thinking.
Meditation helps concentration of the mind. Then the mind is free from thoughts and is in the meditated form.
If you are customer focused, you're proactive. If you are competitor focused, you're reactive.
Competition is a distraction. Customer focus beats competitor focus.
The things you give your attention to are shaping you, even if you are only reacting against them. They are modulating your mood and filling your head with fantasy scenarios. Pay attention to what you're paying attention to. Become conscious of your focus and guide it.
Modern tech allows us access to so many voices. You have to turn them off sometimes if you want to be able to hear yourself think.
It is fruitless to look back and wish you had used your time differently. That kind of narcissism was what wasted so much time in the first place. Learn your lesson. Don't wallow. Don't relive the past. Turn your attention to the present.
The past is a memory, the future an illusion. Every moment is the only reality and each deserves our full attention.
If your attention-span is a muscle, meditation is exercise.
Learn to maintain your attention span - just as the 99% are losing this ability to social media and on demand entertainment, you should be gaining it.
Attention works much like a muscle. Use it poorly and it can wither; work it well and it grows.
It feels like we're going through life in a state of continuous partial attention. We're there but not really there. Unaware of where we place our attention. Unconscious about how we live.
The power of concentration is the only key to the treasure-house of knowledge.
The field of consciousness is tiny. It accepts only one problem at a time.
The more you focus, the more that focus becomes a habit.
You need to be doing fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects.
When you focus on just one thing at a time, without rushing or procrastinating, you cultivate a sense of timeless awareness that creates feelings of calm and well-being.
Staying calm is not easy, but it's worth practicing it. The more calm you'll be in any given situation, the more just your action will be.
Stop caring what other people think and focus on being the best version of yourself possible.
Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward, toward finding the answer.
Most people seek a crowd to escape from themselves. Very few crave solitariness so that they may find a permanent dwelling and live in peace. When you find yourself, you have arrived home. Now nothing can tempt you away. Now even when you are in a crowd, you will not be lost.
You have a very powerful mind that can make anything happen as long as you keep yourself centered.
Know what you want. Clarity is power. And vague goals promote vague results.
Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not.
Gather all the information you can, work like hell on it, then take a break. Walk, meditate, journal, sleep, nap. By taking a step back, you'll gain clarify and a new perspective.
The more clarity you achieve, the more you will find that the universe is on your side, supporting your thoughts and intentions. Therefore, focus on clarity, not on getting results. The results will come according to their own rhythm and timing.
Short-term thinking makes people desperate, ungenerous, impulsive. Long-term thinking makes people calm, gracious, controlled. The mighty pyramids and cathedrals were built by civilizations with a long time horizon, so it is with the life of a great man.
A valuable long term mission can easily be derailed by emotionally loaded short term drama. Focus on what matters.
Once you have clarity that something does not deserve your time and attention, be ruthless.
It's very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.
Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves.
Prioritizing sharpens your vision so you can focus on the most important things.
A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power.
You must first clearly see a thing in your mind before you can do it.
Clarity affords focus.
When you work, work. When you play, play. Don't mix the two.
What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? It takes willingness to learn, to be able to focus, to absorb information, and to always realize that business is a 24/7 job where someone is always out there to kick your ass.
Focus on important over urgent.
Increasingly, only the obsessed can resist the siren song of low-level distraction and entertainment that they're inundated with. Obsessive interest makes deep attention not just possible, but impossible to turn off. That has downsides, but produces stunning productivity.
Be more productive this week: 1. Stay smart. Regular 5 minute break to re-focus. 2. You can't do everything. Do what is highest pay-off. 3. Batch process similar activities. 4. Keep meetings short with minimum number of participants. 5. Go home at a decent time and forget work.
Instead of asking how many tasks you can tackle given your working hours, ask how many you can ditch given what you must do to excel.
Intense concentration sparks all kinds of ideas.
Your goal is to find a few intelligent things to do, not do every damn thing that comes across your desk.
A major stimulant to creative thinking is focused questions. There is something about a well-worded question that often penetrates to the heart of the matter and triggers new ideas and insights.
You need two skills to produce quality work: the ability to choose the right thing to work on and the ability to work on that thing until it's done.
To the extent possible, ruthlessly shave away the unnecessary tasks, priorities, meetings, and BS. Put all your effort into the projects that really matter.
Focus on tiny gains, not exponential ones. Tiny gains over time compound over time. Focusing on day one exponential leaps is a recipe for disaster.
Time is limited. If you are to learn focus on what 1) is narrow and specific and gives you and edge; and 2) what does not change with time.
Focus on doing the right things instead of a bunch of things.
If you don't produce, you won't thrive ” no matter how skilled or talented you are.
Two core abilities for thriving in the new economy 1. The ability to quickly master hard things. 2. The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed.
Great creative minds think like artists but work like accountants.
Your work life is divided into two distinct areas - what matters most and everything else. You will have to take what matters to the extremes and be okay with what happens to the rest. Professional success requires it.
Do less. Cut back on your projects, on your task list, on how much you try to do each day. Focus not on quantity but quality. Pick 2-3 important things ” or even just one important thing ” and work on those first. Save smaller, routine tasks for later in the day, but give yourself time to focus.
Focus on fewer but higher-impact tasks.
Do first things first - and second things not at all.
When starting out a business, say yes more often. Later, say no more often.
Without focusing and getting to clarity you cannot lead. You cannot motivate. You cannot plan. You cannot communicate.
In business, staying focused requires that you turn most opportunities down.
Directing attention toward where it needs to go is a primal task of leadership.
When you focus on problems, you get more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you have more opportunities.
Rich people focus on what they want, while poor people focus on what they don't want.