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

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managers transforming office culture

3: managers transforming office culture

If you’re an employee with little control over your schedule, there might not be too many ideas for finding focus that you can implement during your work day. In that case, I suggest you 1) implement what you can; and 2) buy a copy of this book for your manager and/or upper management, and especially point them to this chapter.

the problem of others

2: the problem of others

In a perfect world, you could learn to beat the urges that defeat you and create an environment of focus … and just focus. But we live and work in a world with other people, and that can make finding focus difficult.

finding focus, for parents

1: finding focus, for parents

“The field of consciousness is tiny. It accepts only

walking, disconnection and focus

5: walking, disconnection & focus

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
– Henry David Thoreau

The simple act of walking can be a tremendous boost to your focus, productivity, clarity of mind, not to mention your health and waistline.

focused reading and research

4: focused reading and research

“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”
– Chinese Proverb

Focused reading is something that’s becoming a rarer and rarer animal these days.

the power of a smaller work focus

3: the power of a smaller work focus

“Success demands singleness of purpose.”
– Vince Lombardi

When you set your sights on a large target, broad in scope, you spread yourself thin. This is why the best companies are those with a laser focus. They do less, but they do it better.

single-tasking and productivity

2: single-tasking and productivity

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand.

a simple system for getting amazing things done

1: a simple system for getting amazing things done

“Do whatever you do intensely.”
– Robert Henri

If all of the chapters and tips in this book overwhelm you, don’t worry. You can read this chapter alone and it’ll be sufficient.

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