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the age of distraction

2: the age of distraction

“Our life is frittered away by detail…
simplify, simplify.”
– Henry David Thoreau

We live in curious times. It’s called the Age of Information, but in another light it can be called the Age of Distraction.


1: introduction

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

This won’t be a long book, a detailed treatise into modern life with an exhaustive system of remedies.


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.



A simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction

Leo Babauta

A Guided Readthrough by LoneWolf at MasterIt.ca

Welcome to the MasterIt.ca presentation of Leo Babauta's focus. One problem that I have with eBooks is that I don't always have time to read them through in one session. Then I lose my place or forget to come back and finish it. Because I know I'm not the only one who has this problem, I'm making this book available different formats to allow you to read it in a more consistent and manageable fashion.

I'm calling this a Guided Readthrough. If this works well for enough people I'll look for other titles that can be presented in this format. Let me know what you think!

This book is a valuable read for anyone who wants to simplify their life. One of the formats below should help you to read this important book at a pace that suits you. But make sure that you read it!

SMART Goal Setting -- Timely Goals

TSMART Goals are Timely

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. -- Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)

SMART Goal Setting -- Relevant Goals

RSMART Goals are Relevant

Well, who's goals are they anyway? That's the question that you need to ask yourself. If you're setting goals because someone else thinks they're important -- or you think that they think it's important -- then you are setting yourself up for a hard road and most likely failure.

Own Goals

Nobody loves an own goal in hockey or soccer. It's hard enough to win without helping the other team.

SMART Goal Setting -- Attainable Goals

ASMART Goals are Attainable

Imagine. It's Sunday afternoon at the Masters. Tiger Woods and LoneWolf are in the final pairing, coming down the 18th fairway. It could go either way...

SMART Goal Setting -- Measurable Goals

MSMART Goals are Measurable

Suppose I am planning a vacation in Florida come the spring. Obviously, Florida isn't very specific so if you read the last article I'm hoping that you're asking "Where in Florida?" We'll assume for the time being that the ultimate destination is Walt Disney World. And why not? The kids love it there. So I have a goal -- 2 wonderful weeks at a Disney Resort in Florida.

SMART Goal Setting -- Specific Goals

SSMART Goals are Specific

Goals need to be specific. A vague goal is more harmful than no goal at all. It will lead to wasted time and frustration.

Suppose that you got into a taxi and told the driver that you wanted to go someplace fun. Where would you end up? Would the driver even bother to take you anywhere? And if he did, how would you know if you got to the right place?

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