A Focus on Focus

1. A shoutout to Asia Weekly – All the News and Views from Asia for being entertaining, intellectual & relevant. 2. If you are interested in a career in Asia Weekly as the Malaysian northern region agent (re: sales & market development) do contact Mirror Me of Reflections . Related sales experience and/or experience in the publishing industry is a plus.

The Multitasking Myth Dispelled
And then it came to be known that the average normal human being cannot actually multitask effectively with more than 2 low-level brain processes or 1 high-level brain process. Imagine it as a quad-core processor. If all your processors are focused fully on solving the one problem from different angles, the problem is solved faster. What more if the processes can share the same relevant info with one another. Compare that to 4 different processors doing 4 different things at the same time… Attending a meeting while replying emails & answering phone calls while jamming buttons on your blackberry is really (very) not productive…

Keep It Simple Stupid! Why beat around the bush or go around the world? Especially in communicating?! Make your point & keep it short & simple. Everything in life can work better with the KISS principle. Got email? Use your options – 1) Delete it 2) Reply immediately 3) Keep it in a specific location for archiving. The important thing is to not give up hope. Just simplify things, know your priorities, write down your list of tasks & get going!

One Thing at a Time
Time, experience & much money has proven & shown that it is almost always best practice to focus on a single thing at a time. Splitting up one’s high level focus too much would result in people being confused with the direction & vision. By all means, make a list. Discuss, brainstorm, debate, talk, whateveryouwannacallit. Know your priority, and get cracking!

What is your most immediate focus in work and/or life?

16 thoughts on “A Focus on Focus

  1. Wah! Free advert for Asia Weekly & Mirror~Me! πŸ˜›
    Any sample issues? πŸ˜›

    My mother.

    Have a great week ahead, Stev.

  2. ya ya.. very expensive to buy.. so need sample issues like Jem said. hehe!

    focus? write program debug program run program πŸ˜€

  3. oh Stev…you’re making it hard not to love you!! hehehhe..tks for this!
    hv i turned u into a subscriber yet??? πŸ™‚

    jem & iamikel…its only MYR8.50 on the newsstands & MYR230 4 a yr subscription…mana ada xpensive πŸ™‚
    go grab a copy…u’ll love it!

  4. @jem: i think sample issues are still avail from the asia-weekly.com site =)
    do take care there!

    @cybercelt: mmm. love the poem you chose for this week’s BYB =)

    @mikel: *chuckles* programming sure is fun πŸ˜‰

    @mirror-me: soon soon. i just got the first of the 3 free issues. hehe. but honestly it’s a good balanced read with just the right blend of seriousness, spicyness & tongue-in-cheek ^_^

  5. probly i shud introduce a ‘sponsor a student’ programme…heheheh
    iamikel, i’ll get stev 2 sponsor u, how? lol! n’ways there’s a students’ special subs. price…lemme check how much dat wud be…;b

    jem…no la darling, regional magazines imposed same price across the board…
    sorry stev…hijacked ur site 4 a bit (macam blog i pulak kan) heheh

  6. Mirror~me, it doesn’t work that way here.. TRUST me!!!
    All magazines are doubled the price here. Even the printed price on the magazine cover is redundant.. TRUST me!!!

  7. mirror~me : yeah yeah.. must give student price.. err.. got such thing? i thought GSC only got.. woooooohoooooooo…

  8. @mirror-me: no worries do go ahead as this post’s focus is on you & asia-weekly πŸ˜›
    ooo. can i qualify for student rates if i am taking masters? πŸ˜€

    @iamikel/mirror-me: hehe. ok. costing now is USD1 per word charged to mirror-me

    @jem: GASP! RL east-coast piracy!!

  9. Stev,
    This is right on. Down with multi-tasking. All the talk these days of being present in the moment is an appeal to ancient wisdom to live with common sense. We can’t do any one thing well if we are trying to do 20. I think this is why secretaries can be such crabby people–every time they try to do something,the phone rings….

    My focus right now: your blog. Next focus: go for a walk. Then: off to church to hear my daughter sing.

    I haven’t been here for a while. It’s good to visit you again. God bless.

  10. stev&iamikel…yup, there’s a student’s price…long s ur a student πŸ™‚

    jem…dun pick newsstands copy then darl…subscription wud b ideal. let ya know the price later k πŸ™‚

    USD$1/word????? 😦
    i’d better stop now….!

  11. @sandy: *chuckles* at crabby (reminds of peanuts/charlie brown :P)
    thanks for dropping by! getting back into my blogging groove (i hope soon!)

    @mirror-me: it’s cheap what?! πŸ˜›

    @whatever: Ooo… never knew of ‘foci’ XD
    interesting choice of sanity – mmm…

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