On Focus

March 27th, 2006

I am a fan of self-development both in and outside of my profession. I find that focusing only on your work and neglecting other areas of your field is just as foolish as not paying attention to all the other knowledge that’s out there.
Are you a software engineer? Then pick up a book about history. Are you a marketer? Maybe it’s time to study some graph theory.
There is one thing that seems to matter from a practical standpoint, though and that’s focus. I find it easy to pick up a book, blog or a website about a topic, but not quite so easy to keep at it. After a tiring day at work, it’s all so easy to scour a few articles for ten minutes and then wander off doing something else. Of course, studying for ten minutes doesn’t give you ANY benefits. In my experience, the least amount of time that makes any difference is to keep doing the same thing for 30 minutes.
Think about it: Thirty minutes seems to be a short enough time that you can squeeze in doing something meaningful on a tuesday night between nine and ten, but it’s long enough to get you in the zone, to give you some returns on your time. Isn’t it more worth of putting in thirty minutes every other day and learn something than wasting fifteen minutes a day?

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  • 1. Peter  |  March 28th, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    True… this is why I do at least 30 mins of work every day 🙂

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