The Manual #26 - Focused
Controlling the madness.
This idea of staying focused 8 hours a day at work is absolute madness. It doesn’t make any sense.
A common question I get is how I stay focused and productive. And it’s because I only do it in small bursts.
My average workday looks like this:
Morning spent getting myself ready for the day, going to the gym and replying to any urgent emails.
Afternoon 1-4pm, time actually spent working.
Evenings spent either socialising, playing games, watching movies or just being lazy.
The key part here is being lazy. As a creative I think some of your time has to be spent just being lazy. Not doing anything particularly productive or useful.
That laziness can then lead to strong hours of focus.
Other things that help:
I have pretty much all notifications disabled other than messages from important people in my life
Having time to work alone
Trying to complete one major task each day
Others and myself included may see other people achieve all sorts of great things and build all sorts of cool stuff. But that’s an accumulation of focused hours over days, weeks, months and years.
It’s amazing how staying focused on a project consistently can end up leading to something big. You’ll look back and think, wow that happened quick.
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Znap Link — Probably one of the best bio link style website builders.
Three Features Make iOS 16 Great — Quick rundown on three of the new features coming in iOS 16.
Felt — A very nice map maker.
Fastest way to make $100k a year — A useful Twitter thread which I mostly agree with.
Atmos — Absolutely sick website giving you cool facts about aviation.
How Pieter Levels makes $2.7m a year — A rare podcast interview from Pieter, something he usually actively avoids doing.