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  1. Lesson One - Pre-reading

    The Power of Prereading - Part One
  2. The Power of Prereading - Part Two
  3. The Power of Prereading - Part Three
  4. The Power of Prereading - Part Four
  5. The Power of Prereading - Part Five
  6. Lesson Two - Single Tasking
    Single Tasking - Part One
  7. Single Tasking - Part Two
  8. Single Tasking - Part Three
  9. Single Tasking - Part Four
  10. Single Tasking - Part Five
  11. Lesson Three - Recognition and Recall
    Recognition and Recall - Part One
  12. Recognition and Recall - Part Two
  13. Recognition and Recall - Part Three
  14. Recognition and Recall - Part Four
  15. Recognition and Recall - Part Five
  16. Lesson Four - Question Logging
    Question Logging - Part One
  17. Question Logging - Part Two
  18. Question Logging - Part Three
  19. Question Logging - Part Five
  20. Question Logging - Part Four
  21. Lesson Five - The Testing Effect
    The Testing Effect - Part One
  22. The Testing Effect - Part Two
  23. The Testing Effect - Part Three
  24. The Testing Effect - Part Four
  25. The Testing Effect - Part Five
  26. Lesson Six - Taking Notes
    Taking Notes - Part One
  27. Taking Notes - Part Two
  28. Taking Notes - Part Three
  29. Lesson Seven - Foundational Learning
    Foundational Learning - Part One
  30. Foundational Learning - Part Two
  31. Foundational Learning - Part Three
  32. Foundational Learning - Part Four
  33. Foundational Learning - Part Five
  34. Lesson eight - Deep Learning
    Deep Learning - Part One
  35. Deep Learning - Part Two
  36. Deep Learning - Part Three
  37. Deep Learning - Part Four
  38. Deep Learning - Part Five
  39. Lesson nine - High Yield Learning
    High Yield Learning - Part One
  40. High Yield Learning - Part Two
  41. High Yield Learning - Part Three
  42. High Yield Learning - Part Four
  43. High Yield Learning - Part Five
  44. Lesson ten - The Testing Effect
    The Testing Effect - Part One
  45. The Testing Effect - Part Two
  46. The Testing Effect - Part Three
  47. The Testing Effect - Part Four
  48. The Testing Effect - Part Five
  49. Lesson eleven - active and passive learning
    Active and Passive Learning - Part One
  50. Active and Passive Learning - Part Two
  51. Active and Passive Learning - Part Three
  52. Active and Passive Learning - Part Four
  53. Active and Passive Learning - Part Five
  54. Lesson twelve - Study Blocking
    Study Blocking - Part One
  55. Study Blocking - Part Two
  56. Study Blocking - Part Three
  57. Study Blocking - Part Four
  58. Study Blocking - Part Five
  59. Lesson thirteen - Linking
    Linking - Part One
  60. Linking - Part Two
  61. Linking - Part Three
  62. Linking - Part Four
  63. Linking - Part Five
  64. Lesson fourteen - Interleaving
    Interleaving - Part One
  65. Interleaving - Part Two
  66. Interleaving - Part Three
  67. Interleaving - Part Four
  68. Interleaving - Part Five
  69. Lessons fifteen - Application Questioning
    Application Questioning - Part One
  70. Application Questioning - Part Two
  71. Copy of Application Questioning - Part Three
  72. Application Questioning - Part Four
  73. Application Questioning - Part Five
  74. Lesson Sixteen - Using Tables
    Tables - Part One
  75. Tables - Part Two
  76. Tables - Part Three
  77. Tables - Part Four
  78. Tables - Part Five
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Single Tasking – Part Five

Stoicable July 13, 2022

Recap

Single Tasking

Just like a muscle gets stronger from lifting heavier weight, your focus improves with continued use. The key is, you cannot be distracted.

When you find yourself distracted and multitasking during your learning, this weakens your focus while training you to seek out distractions. This is why simply learning won’t improve your ability to focus. It must be focused learning where you resist distractions.

Choose the right difficulty. Too easy and you’ll get bored, too hard and you’ll get frustrated. Do whatever you can to make focusing as easy as possible.

When you find yourself completely engaged in your learning, a state commonly referred to as the flow state, there will be times when the focus comes naturally, and you lose track of time. But this can only happen when you begin with learning that’s the right difficulty.

Four hours. A trained learner can often manage four hours of deep learning.

You might say that some people work all day, so how can they only focus for four hours?

Work isn’t created equal. Deep work – the kind that requires intense focus on a single task – is quite rare. The reality is most of us fail to enter this focused state at all, and that’s because it’s hard. Like most challenging things, there is a limit.

There’s no close second here. The number one, numero uno, first and foremost way to improve your learning is…

Change your environment.

If you want to create a habit, begin by making that habit easier to do. Remove everything around you that’s a distraction for your learning. If there’s nothing around to distract you, then resisting distractions suddenly becomes a lot easier.

If you want to improve your focus, be sure to begin by removing your distractions.

Lesson Cards

Single Tasking

Card 1

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Key Idea

Don’t work during your breaks. You end up getting nothing done, and your ability to focus remains depleted.

Card 2

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Key Idea

Consistency is the most important variable for the success of any skill or habit. Improving your focus is no exception.

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Key Idea

The more you’re distracted, the more you train yourself to keep getting distracted.

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Key Idea

Bad habits are no different to good ones – the more you practice, the stronger they become.

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Key Idea

Practice 1 hour of single concentrated focus daily. With practice, your maximum daily focus time will increase.

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Key Idea

Make time for distractions. If you don’t, they will find you while you’re learning.

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Key Idea

When you have to resist distractions within your environment, this depletes your willpower.

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