It's your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you but no one can walk it for you.

Rumi

July Week 4: Productivity

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Overview And Objectives

How can we focus? How can we be more productive? These are the questions we will be discussing this week.

An egocentric world does not really want you to go inward to listen to your inner voice, your true self, your authentic desires. In order to keep you occupied it creates all sorts of distractions:

  • busyness
  • entertainment
  • fears
  • emergencies

to name a few.

We cannot eliminate all of these bids for our attention. We can, however, learn to refocus whenever our attention is grabbed by the latest drama. We can also learn a process that lets us know where we are in a project so if we get distracted we can refocus.

 

Focus, Productivity And The Energetic Needs Of Sensitive People

Sensitive people are hard workers. In many ways, they work harder than other people because of their conscientious natures. This video discusses ways sensitive people can help themselves work easier and more effectively.

“This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” 

Alan W. Watts

Distraction

Different considerations about distraction: pros and cons. 
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How An Open Floor Plan Can Hurt Your Productivity

It may seem less expensive for a business owner to have an open office but according to Susan Cain, research shows that open offices reduce productivity significantly.

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4 Strategies For Overcoming Distractions

Harvard Business Review article about getting a handle on out of control distractions.

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When Distraction Is a Good Thing

Distractions can be useful coping strategies.

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Connecting The Dots

Questions, ideas, and insights to stimulate your thinking and to help integrate this week's information into your life.

Insight 1

Distraction can be a way of creating space so you can take a breath.

Insight 2

Are you distracted or are you expected to work too fast?

Insight 3

Allowing some distraction can give your mind a rest and let an idea make its way to you.

This Month's Courses

Monthly Explorations

Week 1

Week 2 

Week 3

Week 4