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Focus Enemy #4: Clutter (Part 1)

"The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don't." - Marie Kondo

For the past 2 years, I’ve been on a mission to declutter my life. Why? Because clutter is one of the biggest distractions around. When you’re trying to develop a single-minded focus on your goals, clutter is the devil. Clearing out the clutter frees up space, time, and energy – it gives your most important…

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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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