In the book Focus, Daniel Goleman tells you how to cultivate more attention so you can become more focused in all aspects of your life, including your job, relationships, and your attitude toward life and the world. We've been living with smartphones for almost a decade, and while they provide many fantastic benefits, they also cause one major drawback: our attention is diverted. It's time to put your phone on airplane mode for a while if your life feels like a succession of short hits and dopamine fixes. We have a shorter attention span than a goldfish because we rely on these technologies more than our minds. That's something to be concerned about. With Focus, Goleman seeks to give you part of it back, dubbing it the "secret driver of brilliance." It's a book about mindfulness, determination, leadership, empathy, and achievement.
Allow your mind to wander when you're merely staring at the screen. The first thing you need to understand is the concept of open awareness. The attention of any kind is valuable, not only laser-sharp and concentrated attention. When your mind wanders frequently, it doesn't always mean it's wandering in the wrong path. Taking a break can be just what we need since it allows our minds to stray to the problem we've been trying to solve. For most of us, leisure appears to be a luxury we can't afford, but we can't afford to relax, because if you remain to stare at the computer, unable to make sense of what's in front of you, you'll become frustrated and perform even worse. It's especially crucial to let your mind wander and exercise "mindlessness" if your job requires intense focus, which is true for engineers, software developers, authors, and mathematicians, for example. When you go on a walk outside and leave your work at your desk, for example, your subconscious begins to generate new thoughts based on your open awareness of your surroundings.
Doing something you enjoy is the best approach to enhance your willpower. But there are moments when you truly need to focus on something for several hours, ideally in a state of flow. Willpower is what you'll need to make that happen. You may be aware that diet, sleep, and exercise are all essential factors in determining how much willpower you can muster, but Goleman uncovered one you probably aren't aware of: doing a job you enjoy. According to new research, the psychological component of willpower is far larger than previously assumed, implying that the majority of it comes from your mind rather than your body. The reason your willpower grows when you perform something you enjoy is that it becomes effortless when your job mirrors your aims. Late nights, massive barriers, and the patience required to see it through all come to a lot easier when you're 100 percent confident that what you're doing is exactly what you should be doing.
To make better long-term decisions, imagine distant challenges as a present. I'm sure you've had a dream. It's a strange one. Except for you, no one else is interested in it. And I'm sure you wanted to work on it even before you realized it would help your willpower. You, on the other hand, did not. Since 2012, the first ten pages of your manuscript have been resting in your desk drawer. In your attic, there's a scaffold that collects dust. You never threw your high school reunion party. These are the things that make life worth living, and these are the things that we all want to accomplish in the limited time we have here - but we keep putting them off because they have no deadlines. The regret of having led a shabby life is too far away to worry about right now because it won't reach you until you're too old to alter it. But, according to Goleman, if you think of these issues as severe, imminent risks right now, you can stop picking what makes you happy in the short term but doesn't alleviate the problem.