2.1. Types of focus
- We need to improve 2 things: 1. Getting into focus 2. Staying focused.
- Focus tells your brain what really matters NOW. It’s like a spotlight - filters a few bits of information among millions available.
- Without focus, brain has problems with creating memories, learning and re-wiring itself.
- We have task-oriented focus (to complete a task), sensory focus (here & now mode), and strategic focus (more long-term, covered by Step 3 of 4SP).
- When not focused, our mind wanders. This seems crucial for creating new connections and insights.
- Distracted state kills all types of focus and also kills mind wandering.
- Distractions can be divided into internal (happen inside you - thoughts, emotions) and external (outside your body) - under or not under your control.
Exercise for this lesson
Write down how much time you spend in task-oriented focus, sensory focus, and mind wandering. Is that proportion the way you would like it to be? And if not, what would be your ideal balance?
- Your Brain at Work
- Wired to Grow
- Stolen Focus
- Man's Search for Meaning
- Atomic Habits
- The Almanack of Naval Ravikant
- Huberman Lab #6 - How to Focus to Change Your Brain (with caution)
- Huberman Lab #37 - ADHD & How Anyone Can Improve Their Focus (with caution)
- Huberman Lab #88 - Focus Toolkit: Tools to Improve Your Focus & Concentration (with caution)