Learning how to focus on your tasks is an essential skill. However, this is easier said than done. There are many distractions out there that endanger our focusing efforts. When we get distracted, our productivity drops.
There has to be a solution for learning how to focus better on your tasks and I’m happy to say that this book may be the answer!
There are many levels of focus. For example, you can do it on a high level (your goals, your purpose). Then there is the smaller level focus, which happens on an everyday level. This means for example on things that you do every day.
Both levels of focus are important. However, this book concentrates on finding your focus zone on smaller level things.
What’s in it?
This book is divided into four parts.
Part 1 discusses about focus zone and the upside-down U curve of focus. This concept is critical to understand, since this part is referred from later parts of the book as well.
Part 2 gives you the actual tools to improve your focus. These tools are called key chains, and in one keychain there are multiple keys for acquiring the focus state in various situations.
Part 3 concentrates on handling the digital age and the distractions and problems it brings along. Also the various work environment settings are covered here and the pros and cons of them. In this part you can find focusing strategies, when one has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).
Part 4 discovers how we can teach kids to pay attention. It also shows some practical examples of how some people changed their lives by improving their focusing skills (actually, these same examples are introduced earlier in the book, but Part 4 shows the final outcomes after the changes have been applied).
One thing to note here is that I didn’t read the chapters regarding ADD and kids, since I don’t have any personal experiences of ADD, nor do I have kids (at least not yet).
However, the most interesting parts of the book were Part 1 and Part 2, which gave the actual tools for improving your focus. These key chains that I mentioned earlier were:
Keychain 1 – Self-awareness
- Your observer self
- Your adrenaline score
- The “What am I not doing now?” question
Keychain 2 – Change of state
- Four-corner breathing
- Power break
- Mindful Multitasking
Keychain 3 – Procrastination busters
- Confidence builders
- Lightning the fire
- Rescripting the past
Keychain 4 – Anti-anxiety
- Reality check
- Make a plan
- Thought substitution
Keychain 5 – Intensity control
- Cooling off
- Uncover the fear
- Assertiveness skills
Keychain 6 – Motivate yourself
- Goals with meaning
- Sustainability tools
- Deathbed test
Keychain 7 – Stay on track
- Attitude shift
- Mental rehearsal
Keychain 8 – Healthy habits
- Lifestyles of the calm and focused
- Supportive friends
- Living clutter-free
In some of the cases there were also some exercises as well, which I suggest that you do while you read the book.
Also, although the key chains played the major part here, there were some good tips on how to handle information overload (Part 3), which is so common nowadays. This is common for online entrepreneurs as well, so you should check out closely the advice that has been given here.
As mentioned earlier, this book contains also the stories of real patients (names changed) of the author. This helps the reader to understand the focus lessons better and see the changes in real people.
What I liked:
I never realized that there were so many things that you can do in order to improve your focus. The sole purpose is to work yourself back to your focus zone (see the upside-down U curve I mentioned in the beginning). You are given the tools to get there, if you happen to be on the wrong side of the curve (whether you are over or under-stimulated by the situation/task).
Some of the advice was surprising. I had always thought, that multitasking is a big no-no (and I think that in majority of cases it is), but this book taught me to utilize multitasking in order to reach a better focus and get back to the zone (inside of upside U).
Another remarkable principle that I learned and that I’m going to apply is FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). This is; you are not missing anything, even if you don’t participate to every activity there is available for you (I mentioned about this principle in my video related to my article The Power of Letting Go (http://timokiander.mybizplatform.com/power-letting/).
What I didn’t like:
I don’t know if you can count this as a negative thing, but there were so many tips to learn, that sometimes I was a bit overwhelmed of the amount of information on this book. I had some hard time to remember, what a certain key means when it was referred later on the book.
However, this was a minor weakness and naturally when you apply these tips regularly to your everyday life, you will learn them. Anyway, I have now many tools at my disposal that I can use, if I’m losing my focus and I try to get it back.
I recommend this book!
If you want to learn how to focus better, then buy this book! Learning how to focus properly is an essential skill when you want to get things done.
I actually happened to record a video related to this review. In it I discuss of two powerful concepts that I learned from this book and how I have applied them in my online business.
What are you best tips for focusing? How do you find you focus zone?
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