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BOOK EXCERPT | How to Manage Time, Energy, ATTENTION and Overall Productivity

6 September 2013 No Comment


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“While your time, energy and attention-span are all finite, the demands being placed on
(and requests being made for) your time, energy and attention-span are virtually INFINITE.”



Here’s a few quotes and detailed excerpts from my new book, How to Conquer Yourself: Discipline & Willpower for the Conscious, Creative Thinker, available on Amazon NOW…



ON PRODUCTIVITY: “Just remember, while your time, energy and attention-span are all finite, the demands being placed on (and requests being made for) your time, energy and attention-span are virtually INFINITE. There’ll ALWAYS be someone who:


>> “needs” your help for their “emergency”

>> wants you to join their humanitarian cause for “social justice”

>> support their multi-level marketing campaign for “financial freedom”

>> just sell you their cheap products or, even worse

>> just dump their latest negativity and drama onto you



…so until you begin to treat this as mostly noise – until you begin to establish boundaries, stop firefighting other people’s issues, proactively set the frame of activity for yourself and shelter your goals from invasion – your day-to-day productivity will always falter, your projects will always sit on the fence and your goals will always slide into the background for somebody else’s momentary impulse. You may even come to hold a slight sense of resentment because of it.”




Going More In-Depth…

ON MULTITASKING: “Notice how multitasking put me an emotional state inconsistent with what creative work demands; how it wasn’t just a physical hindrance, and how, even if I didn’t sound like I was being disrupted (which I probably did), and even beyond the fact that I wasn’t psychologically ‘there’ with a client enough to properly address their concerns, the inhibited productivity cascaded upon itself: it caused me to lose my composure and lose the internal sense of stability that intelligence needs in order to express itself; that imagination literally yearns for in order to come forward.”



“Remember, no man can serve two masters, and no creative thinker can productively conquer two tasks at once either.






The worse part about multitasking isn’t simply that it inhibits your productivity, but that it leaves you incapable of developing skill. Recall that in order to attain discipline and turn your talents into strengths, you need to concentrate on refining the particular dynamics those talents and strengths are composed of. That is, to gain mastery at something, you have to go in-depth and first master the minute details and aspects of that particular thing, but you’ll never get around to doing that if you’re ‘too busy’ multitasking.”

~ fin


Discover more great insights, techniques, strategies and wisdom for self-mastery and artistic success in my new book, How to Conquer Yourself: Discipline & Willpower for the Conscious, Creative Thinker, available on on Amazon here. (For autographed and personally-dedicated copies, delivered much faster, click here)




client reading my book how to conquer yourself discipline and willpower for the conscious creative thinker

“This is powerful: learning how not only to cultivate knowledge, but utilize that
knowledge in a practical way and ground your intelligence…that’s what I’m getting
from it. It’s powerful that you put all this together into a science like that”

~ Jamil R. (Computer Network Engineer, MC)



Peace,
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