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Your Focus Formula: How to Successfully Stay on Task, Finish Projects and Achieve Your Goals Paperback – October 9, 2015
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About the Author
Diana Fitts is a writer from the San Francisco Bay Area where she holds a degree from Santa Clara University in Literature and Creative Writing and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. She concentrates her studies on the connections between mindfulness and productivity with the goal of helping others discover the simple life changes that have large impact.
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Top Customer Reviews
If the tasks are necessary she recommends focus on then to increase our productivity. How? That answer is in the book: trough visualization, using pomodoro technique, applying a strategic diversion, scheduling breaks, etc.
I was a bit intimidated to start this book on focus, for the same reason that I was so excited to read it -- because focusing on anything requires a great deal of effort for me. Much to my delight, Fitts wrote this book with an ingenious manner of providing much needed wisdom and knowledge in an easy to read, relevant, conversational format. The book has a great, natural flow to it, as I would read a section and find myself thinking, "Okay, so what about...." and BAM! The questions in my mind would be answered in the following section.
The examples that the author used to illustrate points and contexualize the information were so common and relatable that I found myself chuckling with recognition as they applied to myself so perfectly.
I spent a lot of time reflecting on the section in which Fitts discusses "clarifying the why" to increase the focus in my daily tasks, as there were many things I was putting off in my life even though procrastinating was causing anxiety and guilt to build. When I brought into consciousness WHY it was important to do these little tasks, it felt like something clicked that hadn't before and gave me the boost I needed to just get it done.
The section on mantras was also especially helpful, as I was not aware of how incessant and damaging my negative self-talk seemed to be, until I took control and turned these thoughts into something positive. I also loved the power of pairing positive visualizations with disappointment visualizations - this is a completely new concept to me and has helped me incredibly in letting me visualize the good feeling of accomplishing my goal, contrasted with the "what if" effects of my not-so-focused actions.
I am feeling a fresh sense of empowerment and motivation as the author really illustrates how to take control of your mind and your focus - from the little things in life to the more daunting of tasks - and I can't wait to see what else I'm more equipped to accomplish with the great wisdom I've acquired through reading..
I am not one to write reviews on products unless they make a significant impact on me, but as I read through this book I found myself taking many notes on the exercises presented and jotting down quotes that resonated with me. I loved it.
The author presents multiple strategies to keep you engaged throughout the book, a seemingly intuitive approach to a book all about focus, but rather brilliant in how Diana Fitts executed the task. The book is crafted to guide the untrained mind to learn the scaffolding necessary for harnessing your inner focus toward accomplishing both your dreams and even the tasks that are often mundane, but necessary, that all of us are tasked to do in our lives (i.e. laundry, taxes, reports, errands, and so forth).
The author helped me demystify some of the barriers that hold me back from completing the piles of button up shirts I consistently dread completing - but now do so routinely when paired with my strong commitment to watching Scandal on Thursdays. Simple strategies like this have helped empower me to take on goals that were once illusive due to their overwhelming nature, like beginning my next job search.
I look forward to actually purchasing this book as a means of thanks to the author for her time, energy, and unbounded focus toward creating such a great tool for me to continue using for years to come.