The Power of Focus : design elements

12
Nov

The Power of Focus

categories Books, Inspiration, Lifestyle Design, quotes    

This post is not about interior design. It’s about a book about lifestyle design. I read often Zen Habits – a blog about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. A blog about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness. Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits and the author of The Power of Less just came out with a fascinating new book Focus: A Simplicity Manifesto In The Age of Distraction. 27 chapters can be downloaded for free here. It’s uncopyrighted. So I can share my favorite page:

“We should do what makes us happy, follow our passions, do things that make us excited. For me and many people, that’s creating, building new things, expressing ourselves, making something useful or new or beautiful or inspiring.

So here’s what I do:

I do what excites me. Each day. I wake up, and work on things that I’m passionate about, create things that I love creating.

I don’t worry about where I’ll be (professionally) in a year or even six months, but where I am right now.

I don’t make plans, because they’re an illusion — you never know what will happen in a year or even six months. You can try to control what happens, but you’ll lose. Things always come up, sometimes good and sometimes bad, that will disrupt plans. Instead, I’ve learned to go with the flow, to not worry about things that disrupt plans but worry about what to do right now. This allows me to take advantage of opportunities that come up that I could never have planned for, to work on things I couldn’t have known about, to make decisions about what’s best right now, not what I planned a few months ago.

I don’t force things, but do what comes naturally.

And I focus on the present, on being happy now.

This has taken me time — letting go of goals is a scary and uncomfortable thing, but if you let them go gradually, it’s not that hard. I’ve slowly adapted the way I work, and learned to work in the moment, and go with the flow of the world that surrounds me (online and off). It’s a beautiful way of working. And not incidentally, I’ve accomplished even more this way, without making that a goal. It’s a natural byproduct of doing what you love.”

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”

Lao Tzu

Kommentare

6 Kommentare zu “The Power of Focus”

  1. Yvonne am 12.11.2010 um 21:50 Uhr 

    Wow was für Küchen!!! :-) Schönes Wochenende, viele liebe Grüße Yvonne

  2. Brandi am 13.11.2010 um 05:29 Uhr 

    This post was exactly what I needed. Sometimes, I worry about where I’m going, but then I remind myself that it’s really all about the journey and as long as I keep following my heart and doing what I love, I’ll be fine. I may pick up this book too…

  3. Tina am 13.11.2010 um 11:55 Uhr 

    This I find to be very interestig! I´ll head over to that blog later on. Would love to learn some more about life from this ‘Master’!
    Great tip!

  4. Claudia am 13.11.2010 um 12:37 Uhr 

    Toller Wohndesign Blog!

  5. Thomas am 13.11.2010 um 17:42 Uhr 

    I needed this post. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed. Focus what you love. Less is more. Less is better. Great post!

  6. hila am 17.11.2010 um 08:09 Uhr 

    how beautiful! I love the one from Bulgaria the most.

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