Friday Focus Archives

  • Are You an “Abstainer” or a “Moderator”?

    If you’ve been trying to develop a new habit (or kick an old one), chances are, it hasn’t been easy. But maybe that’s because you’ve going about it all wrong This week, we’ll see how your approach to change can differ on whether you are an abstainer or a moderator:   A piece of advice I often see ...
  • The Moral Bucket List – Week 3

    Some of us have had the privilege of meeting truly wonderful people. Those who are selfless and possess impeccable character. We all want to be like that. The good news is, we can! This week, we explore how these wonderful people see life:   Commencement speakers are always telling young people to follow their passions. Be true to ...
  • The Moral Bucket List – Week 2

    Some of us have had the privilege of meeting truly wonderful people. Those who are selfless and possess impeccable character. We all want to be like that. The good news is, we can! This week, we share a few more points from “The Moral Bucket List”:   THE DEPENDENCY LEAP We master certain skills and experience adventures and ...
  • The Moral Bucket List – Week 1

    Some of us have had the privilege of meeting truly wonderful people. Those who are selfless and possess impeccable character. We all want to be like that. The good news is, we can! Starting this week, we’re going to share how we can all improve our character using “The Moral Bucket List”:   ABOUT once a month I ...
  • The 10/10/10 Rule For Tough Decisions

    Life is full of difficult decisions. If only there were a way to make them easier. Well, there is! It’s called the 10/10/10 rule. Here’s how it works:   It’s easy to lose perspective when we’re facing a thorny dilemma. Blinded by the particulars of the situation, we’ll waffle and agonize, changing our mind from day to day. ...
  • Turn Your Goals Into If-Then Statements to Account for Roadblocks

    We all set goals and we all face setbacks to those goals. This week, we’ll show you how you can use an “if-then” plan to prepare for just such setbacks:   With any goal, pitfalls are usually inevitable. To stay ahead of setbacks, give your goal an if-then plan. We’ve talked about this concept before in terms of building ...
  • Take “Airplane Days” to Remove Distractions and Get Stuff Done

    Sometimes when we have a lot of work to do we can find many ways to not do it! These distractions can stem from the internet or even phone calls. This week, we’ll see how we can eliminate these distractions with “Airplane days”:   In the olden days of just a few years ago, flying usually meant being ...
  • Tackle Your Most Difficult Tasks With Meditative “Pause Training”

    We’ve all been there. We have a difficult task that needs to be done, but we can’t bring ourselves to do it. This week we look at how meditative pause training can help us overcome the discomfort of difficult tasks to be more productive:   The discomfort of taking on difficult tasks can push you to seek out ...
  • Over-compensate to compensate

    Have you ever tried to change an old habit, or even the way you think? It can be hard, but often most people don’t do enough to create this change. This week we look at how you can cause change by over-compensating:   You have something you want to change: a thought process or habit you want to ...
  • How to Improve Your Job Performance in Two Seconds

    Could the answer to being more productive be as simple as fixing your posture? Well, yes! This week we look how your posture affects the quality of your work and what you can do about it:   Posture matters more than you may think. In fact, there’s evidence that whether you sit up straight or slouch affects the ...
  • Top 10 Ways to Be More Productive When Working from Home – Week 2

    Working out of your own home. It’s the modern workers dream. But as anyone who has tried it can tell you, working in your pyjama’s isn’t as great as you’d imagine – productivity-wise at least. If you’re someone who does work from home, this Focus is for you. Here are a few more ways to ...
  • Top 10 Ways to Be More Productive When Working from Home – Week 1

    Working out of your own home. It’s the modern workers dream. But as anyone who has tried it can tell you, working in your pyjama’s isn’t as great as you’d imagine – productivity-wise at least. If you’re someone who does work from home, this Focus is for you. Here are a few ways to be more productive at home:   Get Dressed Sure, ...
  • The Akrasia Effect: What to Do About It

    Last week, we showed you why people procrastinate. This week we’re going to give you the Akrasia Antidote. Here are three ways to beat procrastination:   Strategy 1: Design your future actions. Commitment devices are strategies that help improve your behavior by either increasing the obstacles or costs of bad behaviors or reducing the effort required for good behaviors. ...
  • The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don’t Follow Through on What We Set Out to Do

    Akrasia. If that sounds like Greek to you, well, that’s because it is. In short, Akrasia is the act of procrastinating against your better judgement and this week, we’re going to show you why people procrastinate:   Human beings have been procrastinating for centuries. The problem is so timeless, in fact, that ancient Greek philosophers like Socrates ...
  • Moving beyond Productivity and Presence to be more Deliberate

    Last week, we discussed moving beyond productivity to be more present. This week, we’ll show you how to move even beyond presence, to be more deliberate:   Instead of judging my days by either how productive or present I’ve been, I’ve started thinking in terms of something else: how deliberate I’ve been. By “deliberateness,” I mean feeling ...