Your attention is your biggest asset, so it’s important to keep it where it’s supposed to be — on the task at hand that is getting you one step closer to achieving your goals and dreams.
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Any meaningful task or routine takes a large part of one’s focus. Before starting anything, ask yourself why you should do it. With your answer, there will be that output you so desire — and so you value the task. Don’t stick within borders of “approved” output; have your options opened for new, fun ideas.
Drinking water isn’t only healthy, it refreshes you as well. Once you feel the first sign of fatigue or hunger, a glass of water can push them away. Then you can finish what you’re doing and rest at a later time. Besides, not all stomach rumblings are signs of hunger and drinking a glass of water usually deals with it.
Identify any distraction in your surroundings; then, remove it.mThe point is to not just learn how to focus, but also how to stay focused. And for that to happen, all distractions need to be eliminated. Let’s begin by identifying distractions.In order to make room for focus, you must first remove distractions.
Your willpower works like a muscle and so does your mind. A muscle needs exercise to be stronger. What you need to do in order to learn how to focus and do it effortlessly, is to train yourself to become more disciplined. In order to improve your willpower, you will need exactly what a muscle needs to grow— resistance.
True focus happens when you’re only doing only one thing at a time and investing all your attention in it. It is actually another form of meditation— it’s what can get you in ‘the zone’ when you work. Doing more than one thing at a time is the biggest distraction of them all— and you’re the one choosing to do it.
Stress is a focus killer of epic proportions. Which really sucks considering that we’re most likely to be stressed when we need to focus the most. Instead, mindfulness training teaches us to not get swept away by stress or strong emotions by being more aware of what we’re doing and what we’re thinking about.
No one forces me, or any other writer, to sell a film option on the books. If you don't want to run the risk that the filmmakers may adapt your work in a way you don't like, then you don't sell the option. You know when you sell it that they will have to make some changes, just because film and TV are different media than books.
I'm a big believer in pairing classics with contemporary literature, so students have the opportunity to see that literature is not a cold, dead thing that happened once but instead a vibrant mode of storytelling that's been with us a long time - and will be with us, I hope, for a long time to come.