Ritual as a tool for staying focused

This article doesn't contain anything groundbreaking, at least not for anyone spending much time here, but it does come at the concept of habit from a slightly different angle.

Harvard Business Publishing - Blog
Peter Bergman – How We Work
An 18 Minute Plan for Managing Your Day - 2:27 PM Monday July 20, 2009


Managing our time needs to become a ritual too. Not simply a list or a vague sense of our priorities. That's not consistent or deliberate. It needs to be an ongoing process we follow no matter what to keep us focused on our priorities throughout the day.


The power of rituals is their predictability. You do the same thing in the same way over and over again. And so the outcome of a ritual is predictable too. If you choose your focus deliberately and wisely and consistently remind yourself of that focus, you will stay focused. It's simple.


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And another one by the same author...

At the bottom was a box labeled "PEOPLE WHO READ THIS ALSO READ:"

One of the titles caught my eye: Two Lists You Should Look at Every Morning

Now is a good time to pause, prioritize, and focus. Make two lists:

List 1: Your Focus List (the road ahead)
What are you trying to achieve? What makes you happy? What's important to you? Design your time around those things. Because time is your one limited resource and no matter how hard you try you can't work 25/8.

List 2: Your Ignore List (the distractions)

To succeed in using your time wisely, you have to ask the equally important but often avoided complementary questions: what are you willing not to achieve? What doesn't make you happy? What's not important to you? What gets in the way?

Nice, eh ?

I ended up reading a few others by the same author, but they would be way off topic for this thread. The guy writes stuff that gets your brain chugging. Check it out.
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