There’s a reason why the people who impress us the most tend to be people who deployed intense focus to make a dent in the universe; c.f., Einstein and Jobs.
– Cal Newport

Deep professional and   focused learning  requires hours of dedicated work. Those that are professionally excellent have made concentrated learning one of their main priorities.

I have seen  the fruits  of segmenting my days into specific time slots, studying with intention and overall, introducing social media breaks. Specialising in the digital realm of the creative industry, technology has become ubiquitous in my daily routine but with that said, this has also brought its own challenges.

Now you know it’s bad when your distraction span starts to widen and your daily tasks now consist of absorbing the narratives of others, instead of your own. It was to a point where I’d substitute valuable uses of real-time engagement/work for endless hours of nonsensical scrolling through digital texts and pictures. Being apart of the ‘net generation’, I also had the propensity to  compare myself to my peers  , acquaintances, you name it – drawing away from my own capabilities and talents. The sad feeling of not having done enough in life was at an all-time high.

“There’s an expression in the animal kingdom: Eyes on the front born to hunt, eyes on the side born to hide.”

I stole this quote from John Brubaker who used this in conjunction with an interesting analogy on racehorses. He expressed that racehorses would wear  blinders  before competing. Blinders (otherwise known as “horse tack”) would inhibit the horse’s ability to look left or right whilst in race mode, further prompting the horses to stay fixated on the lane ahead. This pretty much sealed the deal for me, the epitome of optimum focus. 

Taking cognitive control over the way I mentally processed information and moderating my aimless  social media usage  (it’s all about balance guys, balance!) has made way for peak productivity. Contentment at last!