The Not-To-Do List: Regain Focus By Killing Unimportant Tasks
“Your focus determines your reality.”
That’s what Qui-Gon Jinn tells young Anakin Skywalker in the first episode of the Star Wars saga, a blockbuster movie series. It’s sound advice the Jedi Master gives to Anakin. What does it mean?
Tales Of Extreme Focus
Somewhere on a mountain in Tibet, a monk meditates. Meditation is, paradoxically, the practice of extreme focus. Anyone who’s ever tried meditation knows that it is important to focus on the now, to be in the moment. When you’re meditating, random thoughts appear in your mind. Instead of focusing on the thought, trying to push it out, you focus on something else: your breathing, a “center”, or simply the emptiness around you.
Experienced programmers sometimes refer to something called the zone. It’s a zen-like state of mind, one that’s extremely focused. It’s a time when a programmer is mostly productive, literally thinking in code....
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