December 13 – Action
When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step?
(Author: Scott Belsky)
My main aspiration is to find my focus. I need to learn how to focus in many different ways.
1. Focus my concentration
The action I should take here is to train my concentration. I get disturbed easily by noise in the hallway, and people walking in and out of my office.
Next time when my office gets too busy, I will go to the library and read in silence there.
Then another problem is that my concentration, when not influence by outside factors, can be really bad. I'm never able to concentrate longer than 20 minutes, but these days my thoughts drift off after 5 minutes, or less.
I have to train my concentration by taking up meditation again, and by reducing my stress-levels.
2. Focus on my topic
I have collected all papers that might in some way be relevant to my research. To really work through these would take me too much time. I need to set days for speed-reading and sieving the valuable information out of my giant stash of information, and I should do this rather fast.
I have a very broad interest, but I should start narrowing down and develop my theory during the course of 2011. I should stop flying around loose ideas and working on bits and pieces but pick something and work it out thoroughly.
3. Focus on what matters in life
... and let go of what I do not need in 2011.