Articles about Focus

Realistic Life Balance

October 9th, 2017 / No Comments »

          The other day, a client asked me to explain, “how do you get to it all?” She wanted a concrete explanation of how to actually field the various roles and responsibilities life throws our way, while also maintaining some semblance of health, without a sense of constant overwhelm. She was [...]


Mental Models: How to Train Your Brain to Think in New Ways

August 23rd, 2017 / No Comments »

(Reposted from James Clear.) You can train your brain to think better. One of the best ways to do this is to expand the set of mental models you use to think. Let me explain what I mean by sharing a story about a world-class thinker. I first discovered what a mental model was and [...]


The Upgraded 4 Burner Theory

March 27th, 2017 / No Comments »

A while back I read an excellent article by master blogger James Clear on what he called the 4-burner theory. Despite loving the overall concept, I rejected the idea of only having 4 burners. Partially I rejected the number 4 because I prefer odd numbers to even, partially because I just couldn’t quite get around [...]


The power of getting to one task at a time: Using the “Understand, Apply and Shift” model of problem solving.

April 8th, 2016 / No Comments »

This week I realized that things were feeling a little out of control.  I took stock and realized that I have been slipping into the great American pastime of multitasking.  What this looks like for me is books piled on my nightstand (literally, I’m in the middle of 6 books right now), multiple projects that [...]


The Power of Small Victories

January 25th, 2016 / No Comments »

As 2015 comes to a close (I’m writing this on New year’s eve), I am spending some time thinking about the year, and how I want to move forward into 2016.  I am not much of a resolution maker, since I know both from piles of research, as well as many failed personal resolutions for [...]