3 Books to Take Back Your Focus

More hours isn't how you get ahead. Your ability to focus is.

I refused to choose.

I won’t sacrifice family for my career. And I won’t settle for simply for having a job. I don’t subscribe to the notion that you have to pick a singular purpose to be successful.

I believe I can be a great husband, father, employee, and still have time for myself.

It just requires I be ruthlessly focused.

To improve your ability to focus, I recommend these three books.

Why - The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

What - Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

How - Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

The Shallows by Nicholas Carr is the ONLY book I’ve read more than once.

It takes you through time, explaining how technology has shaped our psychology. It opens your eyes to how much life has changed because of the internet and more importantly, what it has done to you.

Deep Work by Cal Newport provides you with tools.

It lays out the evidence that in the world of knowledge work your ability to focus is your most lucrative asset. Cal explains how the most influential people of the past and today leverage focus (what he calls deep work) to produce their greatest works.

It teaches you how to do the same.

Atomic Habits by James Clear is your instruction manual.

It gives you the means to change your identity, one small habit at a time. The knowledge contained in this book makes it easy to implement good habits and widdle away bad ones. An idea that I think about daily from Atomic Habits is The Plateau of Latent Potential. Good habits take time to stick, stay the course.

These are my favorite books, I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.

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