The Focus Course


Tips for a Focus-Friendly Environment for Big Projects

Over the last several months, Anthony Ongaro has been working writing a book. Now that he’s in the last stretch of completing the project, he’s also seeing the results of certain workflow changes he made throughout his writing process. As he says, it all comes down to creating a focus-friendly environment. Here’s how he did that.

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Quick Wins for Being Creative and Productive

Last week my pal, Matt Smith, asked his email list about their biggest challenges when it comes to being focused and productive. He then shared the feedback with me and asked if I could give some input and advice to address some of the most common challenges.

I wanted to write this article specifically for those who filled out Matt’s survey. If that’s you, welcome! 👋

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Initial Thoughts on Some Research and Notes Apps

A few months ago, I shared about my desire to begin organizing the notes and highlights and takeaways from the books I read. Jeff Goins wrote that “what we call ‘writing’ is actually made up of three distinct activities: coming up with ideas, turning those ideas into drafts, and then editing those drafts into publishable

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A Few Mac Apps I use to Stay Focused

I was recently at my desk, and I leaned back in my chair and thought for a moment about the handful of apps I use on a regular basis to get the job done. And I figured that there is surely an app or two here that you could get some value from if you were to incorporate it into your own workflow.

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The Value of Focusing on One Thing at a Time (Video)

There is significant value in having a clear goal, a single focus, and a deadline. When you have these things you work with greater efficiency, you produce a higher quality of work, and you have more fun doing so.

This is one of those things that we know in principle, but many of us do not actually walk it out. We take on every new idea we have, we say yes to too many incoming opportunities, and we just generally have too much going on at any given time.

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