Title: Powerful Focus
Author: Thibaur Meurisse
Pages: 62 Pages
Difficulty Level: Easy
Powerful Focus: Book Review
Powerful Focus by Thibaut Meurisse is a short action guide for improving work efficiency. The book’s primary emphasis is making the correct use of your concentration and spending time on things that matter.
The book is divided into two parts to allow the readers to spend time doing the work. Powerful Focus is a short read book, and it can be one of your easy picks to develop reading habits.
The first part focuses on generating better clarity, and the second section consists of developing the correct setup for completing the task.
I enjoyed the book’s straightforward approach, and it does mention a lot of the essential qualities one must possess to succeed. The great emphasis on prioritizing the critical task is a crucial habit to develop, and the book very well guides through it.
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Asking the right kind of question is the first step, and the questions asked by the author in Powerful Focus encourage you to dive deep and find your reason and ambitions.
Introspection keeps you aligned with your goals and helps you do those things more often and consistently. Regularly reading books like Powerful Focus and 55 Questions to Ask Yourself helps to remind me of the whats and the whys of writing a self-help blog.
Getting deviated from goals is pretty easy if you lack clarity. Not having the correct answer may put your energy in the wrong place. After reading Powerful Focus, I think the author has done an astounding job of reminding you of your ambitions and provides some great suggestions to achieve them.
One thing to note is you can never expect immediate solutions to your problems. It is an ever-changing process. Keep finding and keep looking for solutions. Your answers will strike when you are ready for them.
Powerful Focus: Book Summary
- Overcome information overload so that you can move forward with your goals.
- Gain clarity about your goals so that you can focus on what matters.
- Learn to eliminate distractions that affect your work.
Who Should Read It?
Those who want to develop better clarity of their work and find the solutions of their daily disturbances that affect their work.
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Powerful Focus: Top Quotes
- The ability to focus is one of the most valuable assets you’ll develop.
- Know what you want. Clarity is power. And Vague goals promote vague results.
- The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
Powerful Focus Notes
1) 15 questions to identify what you want
- What do you really, really want?
- If you were to wake up tomorrow, completely alone without any family member, friend, or colleague to influence your decisions, what would you do differently?
- If you were to be totally honest with yourself, what would you start doing now and what would you stop doing?
- If you were guaranteed to succeed in everything you do, where would you want to be in three years?
- If you could spend your day exactly the way you wanted to, what would you be doing from morning to night? What would your ideal day consist of?
- If you could focus only on doing one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- If you understood and truly believed you could achieve absolutely anything you want by sticking to it for long enough, what would you pursue for the next three to five years?
- When you are the happiest at work, what are you doing?
- What do you find so easy that you genuinely wonder why others struggle to do the same thing?
- What do people around you say you’re great at?
- What did you enjoy doing when you were a kid?
- Who do you envy and why?
- If you had all the time and money in the world, what would you do?
- If you had complete confidence and were already your absolute best self, what would you be doing with your life?
- How do you want to express yourself to the world?
Answering these questions will help you understand your current work and see if it requires any changes.
2) Gaining Clarity Regarding What You Want:
Are your actions love-based or fear-based?
The source of your actions create different result altogether. One can allow you to do the task you love, add value to other people, remain excited when doing the task whereas other forces you to suck value out of something, do task with a restrictive mind and is done for a short term result.
3) Gaining Clarity Regarding What Needs to Be Done:
Are your actions aligned to long term view?
- Makes you think about your long term goals.
- Lot of emphasis is on where you want to be and reverse engineer to find out the steps you need to take.
- Look for people who have achieved what you want to achieve and find out their course of action. Find out what suits you and do that.
4) Gaining Clarity Regarding How It Needs To Be Done:
A) The 80/20 Principle:
80 percent of your result comes from the 20 percent of your high-quality actions. Focus on those high quality activities and increase your output by manifolds.
B) Strategy Vs. Tactic
Understand the difference between strategy and tactic. Your tactics must work with each other to become a well strategy. Find the right set of tactics for yourself.
C) Have One Business Model:
Do not get overwhelmed by doing multiple activities at once. Focus on one business model and work on it and improve it.
D) Eliminate feel-good activities
Look out for the low-quality work that demands a lot of time but does not contribute much to your success. Find them and remove them as much as possible. Either delegate them or do it on a later date.
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Learn to Say No:
Avoid helping somebody else when your own task is at backburner. Prioritize your tasks and finish them. This way you are aligned with your long-term objectives and your workflow does not get affected.
Distraction destroys your focus. Practice removing all distractions from your workspace such as mobiles, electronic gadgets or any other object which can cause you disturbance.
6) Reducing Useless Input
Avoid Information Overload:
Consuming too much information without having the time to put it in application can lead you to feel overwhelmed and unable to do anything.
Whenever you are searching for anything, have clear objective of what you want to look for. After getting that information, avoid consuming the unwanted, in-depth information.
7) Eliminate Friction and Energy Waste
Doing the hard task should become your default choice. Reduce the variables between you and your end goal to do the tasks more easily.
Want to avoid eating when you go outside?
Stop carrying cash or cards such that you don’t have any money to pay.
Want to go out for exercise?
Sleep in your running attire with shoes by the bedside. As soon as alarm rings, wear your shoes and head out.
Reduce Energy Waste
Minimize your wastage of energy by carefully planning your day. Take out the time in the morning and write down the important tasks for the day so that you don’t have to spend time in between the day to think what you want to do.