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On Focus: Limiting Options

We can actually make our lives simpler, better, and more focused on a few things that truly matter. It’s by being decisive about doing these few important things with undivided attention and neglecting the rest. Having too many options paralyzes us, making us want to do it all. The effect is pretty predictable: we endlessly jump from one thing to another, trying to accomplish things with our attention scattered all over the place.

What I am proposing here is the time blocking strategy. It’s done by deciding on the one thing that you really want to do (and that is also highly important and valuable to you personally). Then, allocate a certain amount of time—10, 20, 30 minutes, or whatever suits you—to do that one thing only, with undivided attention. It doesn’t come easily at the beginning, but with ruthless practice, I am confident in saying that everyone will get better at it over time.

Let’s say you want to write a journal entry or a short article. First, take a moment to sit still and collect your thoughts. Decide once what it is that you really want to do—in this case, write a journal entry or a short article. Then, allocate a time slot, say 20 minutes. During this 20-minute period, focus solely on this task with undivided attention. Put aside other distractions and focus solely on this one specific thing.

"Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest."Leo Babauta

When you’re finished, take a short break. It’s important to allow space between tasks. Afterward, you can approach something else with the same mindset. Allow room for unexpected events as well; it’s impossible to plan everything out completely. Some deviations from our plan should be expected.

And that’s pretty much it. It provides a sense of structure to your day and helps reduce the tendency to appear busy all the time. Your days will be more impactful when you truly focus your attention and become increasingly mindful of your journey through life. That, my friend, is a healthy, productive life! 🤩

Author: Paulinus Pandiangan

Saya seorang Katolik, anak ketiga dari 3 bersaudara, ayah dari tiga anak, orang Batak, saat ini bekerja di sebuah pabrik kelapa sawit di Kalimantan Tengah. Saya dilahirkan pada 8 Januari 1983. Capricorn.

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