Straight and Curly Ep 56: How to focus

Carly and I came to a very disturbing realisation recently. Despite being credited with being highly focused and disciplined people, we’re not. We’re both easily bored and distracted. Yet, we still manage to be highly effective and productive people.

In this week’s episode we discuss the things we do to overcome our natural squirrel-like twitchiness including:

  1. Employ the ‘just start’ method to overcome friction
  2. Use gadgets and apps like Flow State, Self Control and timers
  3. Mix up your environment
  4. Exercise
  5. Watch for hetero-genus complexity and context switching
  6. Schedule your to-do list
  7. Watch the wheat
  8. Remind yourself ‘WHY’
  9. Activate habits and routines

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Comments 4

  1. Listened to this today on my morning walk (gold star ⭐️ *ding*). Loved the honesty, the giggling and of course, the tips. I’ve definitely looked at Facebook less and Instagram not at all (m’okay maybe once). But I’m so much more aware of my twitchiness having listened to you guys today. It’s now 2.56pm and I’m kicking goals with 2 hours to go. Whoop!

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  2. Currently listening, and am fascinated with this Podcast! It is very candid, professional, and well organized. And, not to mention relevant! Thank you for all the friendly advice backed by research. I really appreciate hearing from others who are truthful about their “twitches” while being credited with discipline and productiveness. Can’t wait to dig into some of your other stuff.

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