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The Foundation of Productivity

The Foundation of Productivity

If you can work for 30 minutes with complete focus, you can work for an hour with complete focus. If you can work for an hour with complete focus, you can work for several hours with complete focus. If you can work for several hours with complete focus, you’ll get way...

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Good Enough At A Lot Of Stuff

Good Enough At A Lot Of Stuff

It’s fall, college is in full swing, and apparently it’s hunting season for research projects and internships. Or so I would guess from the number of emails I’m getting about that, both here at TFF and from my grad school institution, which apparently still has my...

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How To Get A Lot Done With Systems

How To Get A Lot Done With Systems

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to try to do too much at once. Many things at once tend to add up to nothing. However, there are certain caveats. In general, I’m a big fan of one thing at a time, or more specifically, one BIG thing at a time. When I was...

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Habits, Routines, and Dustbunny-haunted Apartments

Habits, Routines, and Dustbunny-haunted Apartments

I’m moving this week, and for various reasons this has meant that my stuff went elsewhere without me and I’m temporarily living in a barren, dustbunny-haunted war zone that bears only the faintest resemblance to the cozy little apartment I was living in a few days...

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How To Feel Better

How To Feel Better

Humans are engaged in a never-ending battle to regulate their emotional and physiological states. This ranges from simple stuff, like keeping our body temperature within a certain narrow range, to more complicated stuff like managing our emotional state, usually...

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Macro Focus vs. Micro Focus

Macro Focus vs. Micro Focus

We here at The Focus Formulas have the distinction of making a lot of distinctions. By this, I mean one thing I try to do is to crystalize things that you sort of know but could benefit from additional clarity on. So, in that vein, I want to distinguish two levels of...

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How What You Might Want Blocks What You Really Want

How What You Might Want Blocks What You Really Want

There are two complementary aspects to focus that are productive to be aware of. First off, the idea of focus requires an object for focus - something to focus on. When you pick a thing to focus on, you are by definition excluding everything else. Picking something to...

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