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focus - a simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction by Leo Babauta

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focus: about

about focus

This book, “focus”, is by Leo Babauta, creator of zen habits and mnmlist. It was written publicly, online, in small bursts, with feedback from readers throughout the writing process. It would be much worse without their wonderful help.

dedication

The book is dedicated to my grandfather, Joe Murphy, who lived a life that inspired me, and whose death has left a gap in my life ... and to my grandmother, Marianne Murphy, who I love deeply and whose strength and kindness have always pointed the way for me.

uncopyright

All content of this book are in the public domain. I hereby waive all claim of copyright in this work; it may be used or altered in any manner without attribution or notice to the me. Attribution, of course, is appreciated.

To clarify, I’m granting full permission to use any content on this site, including the chapters of my book, in any way you like. I release my copyright on this content.

While you are under no obligation to do so, I would appreciate it if you give me credit for any work of mine that you use, and ideally, link back to the original. If you feel like spreading a copy of this book, you may do so without payment.

full version

This is the free version of this ebook, which can also be found at focusmanifesto.com. The full version of the ebook contains additional chapters:

  1. creativity and practicing deep focus
  2. finding stillness and reflection
  3. how to start changes on a broader level
  4. overcome the fears that stop you from focusing, by Gail Brenner
  5. how to create a minimalist workspace to find focus, by Everett Bogue
  6. how to take a digital sabbatical, by Gwen Bell
  7. life lessons from tea rituals, by Jesse Jacobs
  8. two ways to focus on the stuff that matters, by Michael Bungay Stanier
In addition, the full version contains video how-to lessons, audio interviews with experts, and bonus guides to help you further learn to focus.

You can get the full version at focusmanifesto.com.

focus: table of contents

section i. step back

  1. introduction
  2. the age of distraction
  3. the importance of finding focus
  4. the beauty of disconnection
  5. focus rituals

section ii. clear distractions

  1. limiting the stream
  2. you don’t need to respond
  3. let go of the need to stay updated
  4. how not to live in your inbox
  5. the value of distraction
  6. why letting go can be difficult
  7. tools for beating distraction

section iii. simplify

  1. creating an uncluttered environment
  2. slowing down
  3. going with the flow
  4. effortless action
  5. three strategies for prioritizing tasks
  6. letting go of goals
  7. finding simplicity

section iv. focus

  1. a simple system for getting amazing things done
  2. single-tasking and productivity
  3. the power of a smaller work focus
  4. focused reading and research
  5. walking, disconnection & focus

section v. others

  1. finding focus, for parents
  2. the problem of others
  3. managers transforming office culture


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