Learn the key ideas of the book by Michael Hyatt

Free to Focus

A guide to accomplish more by doing less

We live in a world which is increasingly connected and smart. Technology promised to increase our productivity, but it has stolen our concentration. Notifications and continuous distractions compete for our attention and make us lose precious time. In Free to Focus, Michael Hyatt presents his system for regaining control of our attention, becoming the masters of our time and, finally, having the freedom to focus on what really matters, and thus increase our productivity.

Free to Focus
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Many useful tips to:

  • Learn how to improve your time management at work, without engaging in constant distractions or wasting time.
  • Learn to structure your work and increase your productivity.
  • Understand that being productive does not mean doing more, but doing the right things.

The author of the book:

Michael Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt and Co., a company that deals with leadership development. He is also the former CEO of a major publishing house, and has written several books on how to achieve goals.
His blog, michaelhyatt.com, is one of the most popular on the internet and has been published in magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc. and Entrepreneur.
He is the creator of several online courses, which include: 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever and Free To Focus.


A new approach to productivity

What does it mean to live —and work— in the Distraction Economy? It means to be overwhelmed by so much information, tools and all kinds of stimuli. If a couple of years ago technology seemed to allow us to work increasingly less, today it has been proven that this is just an illusion.
Most of us have to juggle multiple jobs at the same time, and dedicate our attention to a great deal of things, without being able to genuinely focus on any of them. This happens both at work and at home: because of new technologies, work is always with us.
All of this, instead of helping us work better, has transformed us into machines, incapable of stopping, convinced that slowing down implies reducing our productivity, which seems to be the end goal of everything that we do. Have we ever really thought about what productivity is?
If we think about it, the idea we have of productivity is related to the industrial era, when the main objective was to produce more, faster. Today, on the contrary, we know that working more doesn’t proportionately increase productivity, and we also know the side-effects of keeping up a fast pace: increasing tiredness and stress, leading to burnout.

Our automatic response is to adopt systems and tools capable of optimizing what we do, so that we can have some spare time that we fill with other tasks, bringing us right back to the initial problem.
The objective of the author’s method is to accomplish more by doing less. The program is divided into three fundamental steps, each of them including three actions.


The key ideas of "Free to Focus"

A new approach to productivity
The first step is to stop. This is the moment to ask ourselves what we really want
The second step is to cut, eliminate what is not necessary
The third step is to act: let’s focus on our real tasks
Take-home message

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