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Strengthen Your Ability to Focus with Meditation

"The body benefits from movement and the mind benefits from stillness." -Sakyong Mipham

As I was preparing to write this post, I just happened to get an email from the app Coach.me that began: “Lack of focus is the single biggest killer of your productivity. Meditation is the solution.” That pretty much summarizes the theme of this post. In a previous article, we discussed the central role that…

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Focus Enemy #3: Overwhelm (and 4 Tips to Regain Control)

“Remember that stress doesn’t come from what’s going on in your life. It comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life.” – Andrew J. Bernstein

I’d been looking forward to this day for over a year. Last week, it finally arrived. I’d been trying to create some space in my schedule for large blocks of uninterrupted time to focus exclusively on the things I want and need to do to build my writing/coaching business. As I finished up one last medical writing assignment, I…

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Focus Enemy #2 – Electronic Distractions

"You can't do big things if you are distracted by small things." - Unknown

Recently I was thinking back on how much simpler life was when I was growing up, before the days of personal computers much less smart phones. Maybe I’m just at that stage in life where you start to get nostalgic about the way things used to be, but it seems like it was a lot…

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Focus Enemy #1: Multitasking

"You can do two things at once, but you can't focus effectively on two things at once." - Gary Keller

When your to-do list is overflowing, the idea of knocking out several things at the same time sounds really appealing, right? It seems like it should be the most efficient way to use our limited time.  I know I fall for this argument regularly. In college I used to study while I was watching TV,…

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