Recorded on November 10th, 2018
Focus Your Attention
0:31 – 15:17
The first of two states of mind that we’ll be exploring in today’s episode: when you’re focused on a single specific task, and how you can overcome the resistance that sometimes arises when you need to focus but don’t want to.
- The new podcast I recently started listening to: The Knowledge Project, and the episode that prompted the first two segments here.
- Oakley’s online course Learning How to Learn, and her book for high school students.
- One way to overcome resistance: the Pomodoro technique.
- The person who prompted me to use Pomodoro early in my career: Michael Nobbs.
- What I’ve needed to use the pomodor technique for: while building the final pieces of Learn a New Language with Sketchnotes.
Boredom is Good for You
15:17 – 22:47
The second state of mind that we’ll explore in this episode: diffuse attention, when you don’t focus on any specific thing but instead let your mind wander, and how important it is to give your brain that break.
- The new purchase that gives me outdoor space to let my mind wander: a chimenea and outdoor string lights!
22:47 – 32:45
The importance of paying attention to what stands out to you throughout your day, and creating a system that allows you to capture observations and insights as they occur.
- The book that prompted this segment: Louder Than Words by Todd Henry, who also hosts the podcast The Accidental Creative.
- Here’s a video over at Verbal To Visual that describes the process that I use to sketchnote a book.
- The tool that I use to capture my Notables: Evernote.
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