In our daily life, we often find ourselves wrestling with focus. We strive to maintain our attention, balance productivity, and achieve the goals we’ve set. But what does it mean to be truly focused or, as I like to call it, composed?
In my personal exploration of this topic, I’ve come to understand focus as a layered concept. It’s more than just a fleeting moment of attention. It ranges from momentary focus to longer periods, scaling up to a focus session, a working session, and even as far-reaching as a day, a week, a month, or a lifetime. Each layer, significant in its own way, offers nuances that are crucial in shaping our understanding and practice of focus.
To journey through these layers, strategic tools like planning sessions and deliberate reflection become our guiding compass. Setting up the right environment and consciously loading relevant mental models help prime our minds for focus. In essence, it’s about creating a conducive setting for focus and utilizing our mental resources efficiently.
Navigating this journey isn’t a solitary endeavor. During my psychotherapy sessions, I’ve found the format of dialogue and the therapist’s third-person perspective extremely helpful. The ability to challenge my thinking, uncover my assumptions, and stimulate critical introspection have been instrumental in keeping my state composed and focused. This echoes the wisdom of the Socratic method, a valuable tool in any Hero’s Journey.
However, every hero encounters obstacles. One such hurdle in my journey is the challenge of shifting focus from one task to another without exhausting my willpower. Taking breaks between focus sessions helps, but it is still an area for improvement and exploration.
As we traverse our own Hero’s Journey towards mastering focus, we must remember that it’s not about perfection but the journey itself. As we explore the layered landscape of focus, we must arm ourselves with the right tools and strategies, be open to the wisdom of others, and embrace the obstacles as opportunities for growth. With each step, we inch closer to understanding and achieving true composure and productivity.
In the spirit of Socratic wisdom, let me leave you with a question to ponder: What does your Hero’s Journey towards mastering focus look like?
Article based on my dialogue with ChatGPT playing as Dr. Christopher Long