Now you’ve learned all the core elements of focus. It’s time to discover how they work together and implement to see the results you’ve always wanted.
00:01 | Hi. You’ve made a long way to the end of the Focus Workshop. This is the wrap-up and also the last chapter for the course. In this chapter, we’ll run through a recap of everything we just learned. Then, I’ll show you how to implement everything step by step using the pyramid of focus.
00:20 | As mentioned before, the ability to get focused and stay focused is critical to our success in all areas of life. In our work, career, and business, we need focus to perform at our best. In personal health, self-improvement, and day-to-day relationship, we need focus to contribute, at the same time, enjoy the abundance we have. Without focus, we can spend tons of time and effort on something, yet not get any significant results. Focus multiplies the effectiveness of every effort and makes your desired outcomes possible.
00:58 | In the chapter of Energy, we learn that our energy is limited. To improve our focus, we need first to master managing our energy. And here are a few techniques to do so. First, use the 25/5 rules to focus on your top five goals. Practice decision minimalism by ruthlessly eliminate, automate and delegate decisions in work and life. Break the habit of multitasking by understanding the differences between urgent and important tasks. Setup the Big-3 priority systems in personal life, work, and organization. Use the Pomodoro Technique to promote focused work and regular breaks. And lastly, improve your sleep to refuel your energy.
01:50 | In the next chapter, we learn about stimulus. And it’s something many people overlook. Stimulus is the information or behavioral cues we consume in our day-to-day life. Again, to improve our focus, we need to manage the stimulus because they affect how we behave directly.
02:11 | Here are some practical ways to do that. Limit information consumption by focusing on your circle of influence instead of your circle of concern. Challenge yourself to go through periods of information fast from time to time. Develop clear, better thinking with any form of brain dumping. A great example of this is daily journaling. Curate and manage a stimulus queue. Use visualization to create mental models for your day. Train your ability to shift attention consciously with meditation. And lastly, pre-define routines for stress and boredom to reduce distractions and procrastination.
02:58 | Then, we move to the last element of focus: environment. We first learn that our behaviors are shaped by our environment. We became highly alert and strongly tied to instant reward because we were once living in an environment called the immediate return environment — for almost 200,000 years. Then in the recent 500 years, we had transitioned into what known as the delayed return environment due to the rapid evolution of the human civilization.
03:30 | It’s not easy for our brain to cope with that sudden change of environment. However, here are a few strategies to deal with that effectively. The first method is goal-setting. Set both product goals and process goals to gain better clarity on both the reward and the repetition required to get there. Fear-setting. Define your fear. Then, overcome them by thinking about how to prevent them in the first place and how to recover from them if it really happens. Measure your progress ruthlessly, so you’re constantly motivated and focused on what you’ve set out to do. And finally, maintain a physical and digital surrounding that makes focus easier.
04:15 | When you learn to manage all the three elements of focus, you’ll start working and living in the state of full engagement. In another word, the ability to get focused and stay focused is the skill to juggle our energy, stimulus, and environment. The next question is: Where should you start?
04:34 | It can be confusing with all these information. And most people get the answer of this question wrong. They start by downloading time tracker apps and reading more productivity hacks. To get results quickly and results that last, follow what I called the pyramid of focus.
04:52 | The foundation of focus is always the fundamentals – your sleep, your nutrition, and your environment. Then, the psychology – your mindset, your habits, and your identity. And finally the tactics – the to-do list apps, the habit tracking sheet, and all kind productivity hacks.
05:11 | So, the first step is to improve your energy level and design an environment that makes the process of getting focused and staying focused easier. Then, set clear goals and intentions for your work and life. Manage what you consume known as the input and what you do known as the output. At the same time, implement exercises that train your focus daily. And only when you have your fundamentals and psychology right, move to tactics that maximize their efficiency and effectiveness.
05:39 | That’s the wrap up for the Focus Workshop. Again, the course won’t help you if you don’t put in the work. Frankly, no book, video, or any course will help without you actually implementing them. I designed this to be short and quick, so you can finish in a day or at most a week, and put them into practice.
06:00 | In fact, the course doesn’t end here. You can contact me anytime via my personal email when you have any question or need any help. That’s it for now. Talk soon.
You’ve come to the very end of the Focus Workshop. However, this is only the first version of the Focus Workshop
This basically means I’m going to update the course regularly for you and future students. The best way for you to be a part of the process is to complete the course, implement everything in here, and share your progress with me.