The secrets to get stuff done [part 3 - Attention]


3. Attention

Your habits will eventually be your automatic when it no longer requires discipline or will power to a certain action. At the start, you have to put some efforts to make it stick, set specific behaviours, at specific times.

You should  push yourself over a long period of time to follow this up. Focus on some of the most important tasks in starting a business that I mentioned earlier. Act on them for 15-20 min for the next 15 days and see how well you are doing. (Use the website: to follow up)

Fitness training is a very good example. People who are used in doing it will feel bad if they stop going to the gym. Their bodies actually start to feel the need for exercise.

A lot of good performers are not really aware of their great performances. This is because they have been doing it many times and they have already built their rituals naturally.

However, doing the things that you need to do to make a online business is not only dependent on good habits. It also depends on the environment you create around yourself. Therefore, your attention should also be aimed at your environment, especially if you are practicing new habits.

How much time do you spend each day responding to emails, checking Facebook, aimlessly surfing news sites, and buying things you don’t really need? How much time do you spend doing stuff online that doesn’t add much value to your life, or anyone else’s?

Sad to say, we share the same problems with animals once we plan our future. We don’t have the freedom to choose pain or to reject pleasure. We want all of actions to make us feel good. Nevertheless, our advantage over animals is that we can aim at a particular goal. We can accept a certain amount of present pain, in exchange to the benefits or pleasure we can enjoy in the future.

This is also how we were able to endure long years of studying for a degree. At the back of our minds, we have a picture that someday, we can get a high paying job. By that time, we can reach a certain social status and can receive material things that can somehow compensate with the boredom during our school days.

The moral of the story is this:

When you create your own habits, your body and feelings will not agree with you at all, but you should be ready for it. And give it attention:

You should still do them even if your body is whining! People who have quit smoking or have stopped eating junk foods understand what I’m saying. Your mind and body are not good friends sometimes.

Hobby entrepreneurs rarely take action, and if they do, they usually feel half hearted. They tend to quit once they are about to face obstacles or challenges, and they run right back to their comfort of reading blogs, and paying for programs that promise them shortcuts to success.

But here’s the thing. Simply be aware how you trick your brain to take on boring actions. 

No matter how many times you deny this fact, your mind will always be a servant of your desires. It strongly develops so that it can satisfy your desires.

That's why you should always remember the reasons why you really want to start your online business, and make that your main motivation. (as the paper you get from your degree)



Part 1: Time: Prioritise your most important tasks, and divide into smaller tasks.
Part 2: Focus: Work in short session, with high engagement, take breaks.
Part 3: Attention: Be aware of your actions. Build habits over time.


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The secrets to get stuff done [part 2 - Focus]


        2. Focus


If you are doing something that doesn’t make you feel fulfilled, every minute that passes by is like forever, right?

On the other hand, time passes very fast if you are doing something you love and you are totally engaged in it. Bottom line? The more focus you put on the things that worry you, the closer you move towards them. The same thing happens if focus on your goal.

Once you start focusing on negative things, you’ll end up having an unhealthy relationship with it.

If you worry about your future and keep asking yourself, “How can I make my online business cover all my basic needs?” then you are just wasting all your energy for nothing.

These days, everybody seems to be catching up with high demands of the digital world. Now, we have a lot of ways to be connected with each other.

But even so, we are often not sure where to put our focus. Today, we’re having a hard time giving all our attention on one thing only — or one person only — for a long time.

And although we now have more options to choose from, we also have more distractions. They seem to be getting worse and are wasting more of our time despite having more tools.

As any experienced mediator would tell us, our mind has a mind of its own. Leave it to wander freely and that’s what it will do.

Once we try to manage the unlimited demands on our attention by trying to juggle them all in our minds, we literally weaken our capacity to focus on the more important things.

Once we divide our attention to a lot of things, we also start to lose our ability to deal with complexity, consistency, details, and depth as well.

The word MULTITASKING is only a better term for switch tasking. However, it can also be the worst thing you can do with your attention, and eventually energy.

The way you see result in your efforts is when you stop multitasking, and start investing some short time, with high intensity of focus:

If you want to focus on a simple task, you should only do it for 15-30 minutes. This is because it is only in that period of time that we use our energy, before we need to recharge again.

Our minds also need to be in a calm state sometime. Do something relaxing, like taking a shower or work out, maybe some sports to pause, and then get back to a focused 30min with high level of focus. 

These days, most people recharge themselves through Facebook or watch TV/Movies, and then go back to what they should do.

I don’t know how many books I have read about this subject. When I was at college, I wrote a book about study technique, and every book I read during my research led me to the same answer but in different packaging.

If you don`t charge your focus, it will burn out. And you start stressing, and then your fears make you procrastinate.

If you follow the steps above, you can get more things done, in less time – with higher levels of engagement.


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