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The problem in the modern world is that we think of productivity in terms of addition rather than subtraction.
We’re on a constant lookout for the latest shiny productivity app, hack or tool. We focus on doing more, cramming more tasks into our daily schedules, ensuring that we can squeeze in as much as possible.
We’re so caught up in doing more that we rarely stop to ask ourselves:
Are you tired of being overworked and distracted? Do you ever feel busy but not productive? Are you always active but never getting anywhere?
Do you ever finish the day stressed and overwhelmed, yet feeling like you didn’t accomplish anything significant?
Do you wonder how some people get so much more done in the same 24 hours, while you're still falling further behind?
Our ability to focus, to block-out distractions and really bear down on the task at hand is a hugely underrated mental asset. Some people learn to use this priceless resource efficiently, while others waste it.
The good news is that our ability to pay attention — to focus — works much like a muscle. If we use it either poorly or too infrequently, it will wither. But if we work it, it will grow. It's the case of the old saying: What you don't use, you lose.
In 1918, Charles M. Schwab, the president of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, the largest shipbuilder and the second-largest steel producer in America at the time, had granted an interview to an efficiency expert named Ivy Lee.
Lee was telling Schwab how he could help him do a better job of managing the company, when the president broke in to say something to the effect that he wasn’t at present managing as well as he knew how.