Two powerful strategies to live better and be more productive

When I think of advanced living strategies, I consider E’s rule: efficiency, effectiveness, and indispensability. Recently, I have had a kick about Deep focus cultivation. In the age of social media and modern technology we have lost the ability to focus. Which is why I made it my goal to be more thoughtful.

“Mindfulness” is a hot topic these days, and while more and more people are reading about it, its popularity has paradoxically made it meaningless. Tim Ferris Defines “minefulness” as current-state awareness that helps you be non-responsive. That’s a good definition, so let’s go with it. Being non-responsive is essential for deep attention in a world where we are constantly embarrassed by inputs that confuse us, deplete our mental strength, and diminish our intellectual output.

Speaking of focus and intellectual output, I’ve grown a pretty good one Reading kick Recently a world-class expert will work for 30 years to figure something out, devoting his entire life entirely to a specific question – and you can get all of his knowledge on a 200-page book that can be read over the weekend. And for all 10- $ 15. Pretty good deal.

That, of course, if you can focus! Which brings our whole circle back to mindfulness. If you want to read a lot, you need to build a “current state awareness that helps you be non-responsive” so that you can actually focus on the page lines, not your iPhone.

I don’t see reading as a leisure job. It’s hard work – deep work is important for the success of my business – and it takes effort

Recently, I’ve been committed to two habits that have helped me focus more deeply (Effective), Read more EfficientlyAnd be more aware (Essential)

Short-term skills: How to make your reading speed 2x

Here’s how much reading is done very quickly.

Buy the regular book (hardcover or paperback) and then launch the unbridged audio version Audible. Sit down, open the physical book, and at the same time crank up to 2x or even 2.5x in the audible.

Follow along the sound with your finger or a pen. You’ll gather all the important information without missing a beat because it’s like feeding your brain – and you’ll finish the book in half or less. Very efficient, if you ask me!

I usually start with 1.5x for a few chapters to train my mind and eyes to move faster. It’s like using a treadmill: high-intensity interval training for the mind. Start slowly, slow down slowly, then “sprint”. I’ll do 15 minute sessions at a very fast pace, then slow down for a while to give myself a cognitive break before returning to it.

This is especially useful for those times when you only need to “get through” a book because it contains important information, such as business / marketing / finance books. This is how I got through Tony Robbins’ new behemoth Within 3 days, for example.

Another side effect is that it makes you pay more attention to what is being said because you are using not just one, but two senses (sight and sound) that you are absorbing the material as you follow. There is no place for confusion! We call this hyper-focused. That’s awesome.

Long-term skills: How to calm your mind (and become more aware)

Meditation is the habit of being more mindful. On a practical level, I would like to explain taking a dedicated time to focus on your breathing and meditating to acknowledge as thoughts come. Instead of ‘boom! Empty mind! Yes! ‘ The mission is to channel your focus on connecting the lungs to the respiratory tract. When a thought comes (and believe me, you will have a lot of thoughts while meditating), just say “hmph”. I was just thinking that. Funny. I’m going back to focus on my breathing now. ”

Just as we are bombarded with millions of texts, pings, and stimuli, we have never had the urge to eat, we are equally consumed by our own thoughts. We often pay equal attention to each and every one of them, which breathes life into the endless wave of new and often unorganized thoughts. And repeat the cycle.

Meditation lets you see what each thought is — a believable object and gives you perspective and training to look beyond it.

Moments of empty mind and pure joy just start to happen and the frequency will increase with more practice over time. Most importantly, you slow down your mind, connect with yourself, and improve your overall self-awareness.

Here’s how I got started: Find a comfortable chair or sofa and sit on the edge of it. Close your eyes and promise 100 breaths. Take a deep breath through the nose and exhale through the mouth. Count them loudly in your head. Numbers will enchant in a way and help your thoughts go everywhere It will take about 10 minutes to go through a session. That’s it.

Trust me, it’s hard to do “nothing” just sitting there. Simple relaxation can cause anxiety. There is a trigger in the human brain that shuts off when it seems we are not doing enough. After all, the brain is designed to solve problems first and foremost.

When the brain has nothing to solve, that absence becomes a problem in itself.

So in a sense, meditation is solving the biggest problem: just teaching us how to be. It’s the hardest thing you can do, and it’s the easiest thing in the world.

Meditation is the eternal retreat. Even when things get tough, you can always find that as an “inside space” Michael Neal It will call. But just like driving in a physical place, you have to travel a lot before you can find your way without a map. And if you don’t get there often enough, you’ll forget the route. Thus the value of continuity in practice.

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