This week is about cookies and your browser tabs. Enjoy!
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I've read a lot about focus in the last months and I'm trying not to let myself get distracted as much anymore.
Distractions kill concentration.
If I'm in the middle of a coding problem and stop to read a browser notification, I'm sucked into that distraction and have to build up my concentration almost from scratch when I go back to the coding problem.
“Willpower is not enough to protect your focus.” - from "Make Time"
Here are some things I learned that help to stay focused:
I close my browser tabs (or the whole browser) to avoid the temptation to quickly check the email tab ... it's already open, after all
I hide my mobile phone in a drawer so I don't see its notification light blinking in your peripheral vision
I set a pomodoro timer to 30 minutes to have a deadline after which I'm allowed to distract yourself for a bit
I'm intentional with my time, i.e. I intentionally choose what to work on for the next hour or so
I leave some unfinished work so I'll WANT to finish it the next day
I close my chat
I disable email notifications
If you want to go deep into the topic of focus, I recommend reading the book "Make Time". It's a quick and easy read and really inspirational.
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