314/365 Choosing the emotions

What we really need to do is to come to terms with our negative feelings about a task. We need to find a way to cope with these negative feelings so that we can continue to pursue our intended goal. […] Essentially, it comes down to choosing the emotions on[…]

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313/365 Needless voluntary delay

All procrastination is delay, but not all delay is procrastination. […] Procrastination is the voluntary delay of an intended action despite the knowledge that this delay may harm the individual in terms of the task performance or even just how the individual feels about the task or him- or herself.[…]

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312/365 The focused life

… I have a plan for living the rest of my life,” Gallagher concludes in her book. “I’ll choose my targets with care … then give them my rapt attention. In short, I’ll live the focused life, because it’s the best kind there is.” From “Deep Work: Rules for Focused[…]

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311/365 Focus intensely

To learn hard things quickly, you must focus intensely without distraction. To learn, in other words, is an act of deep work. From “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport

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310/365 The Principle of Least Resistance

The Principle of Least Resistance: In a business setting, without clear feedback on the impact of various behaviors to the bottom line, we will tend toward behaviors that are easiest in the moment. From “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport

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309/365 Deep Work / Shallow Work

Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate. [..] Shallow Work: Noncognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted. These efforts tend not to create much[…]

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308/365 A loss of consciousness of the self

So loss of self-consciousness does not involve a loss of self, and certainly not a loss of consciousness, but rather, only a loss of consciousness of the self. What slips below the threshold of awareness is the concept of self, the information we use to represent to ourselves who we[…]

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307/365 A feeling of contentment

Pleasure is a feeling of contentment that one achieves whenever information in consciousness says that expectations set by biological programs or by social conditioning have been met. The taste of food when we are hungry is pleasant because it reduces a physiological imbalance. Resting in the evening while passively absorbing[…]

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306/365 What chronic worriers cannot do

The one thing that chronic worriers cannot do is follow the advice they are most often given: “Just stop worrying” (or, worse, “Don’t worry—be happy”). Since chronic worries seem to be low-grade amygdala episodes, they come unbidden. And, by their very nature, they persist once they arise in the mind.[…]

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305/365 A hard day at work

Stress of all sorts creates adrenocortical arousal, lowering the threshold for what provokes anger. Thus someone who has had a hard day at work is especially vulnerable to becoming enraged later at home by something—the kids being too noisy or messy, say—that under other circumstances would not be powerful. From[…]

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