Bit of a Tangent

011 | Slack, attention and focus - or why more is less

August 19, 2019

This week on Bit of A Tangent we discuss the little known but unbelievably important concept of ‘slack’ - what it is, why having too little of it can be deadly and how to get more of it!

We also discuss the difference between attention and awareness and how can help you live a more engaged life, a simple rule of thumb to know when you’re using your time on earth well, and a quick trick to train your mind to dive straight into deep focus when you need to!

Lastly, we discuss how we’ve set up our personal devices to get the most out of them while minimising distractions and as a bonus this episode we mention two other podcasts we’re loving at the moment!

 

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Shownotes:

Slack and the Sabbath sequence by Zvi on Lesswrong: https://www.lesswrong.com/s/HXkpm9b8o964jbQ89

Main Lesswrong post on ‘slack’: https://www.lesswrong.com/s/HXkpm9b8o964jbQ89/p/yLLkWMDbC9ZNKbjDG

Farnam Street Mental models: https://fs.blog/mental-models/ 

Lying by Sam Harris: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18869177-lying 

Jared’s essay on Algorithms: https://jaredtumiel.github.io/2019-08-11-use-algorithms/ 

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40672036-digital-minimalism?ac=1&from_search=true 

The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25942786-the-mind-illuminated?ac=1&from_search=true 

Naval Ravikant’s tweetstorm (some ideas mentioned definitely came from here): https://twitter.com/naval/status/1002103360646823936 

Deep work by Cal Newport:: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25744928-deep-work?ac=1&from_search=true 

Stayfocused (android app): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stayfocused&hl=en_US 

StayFocusd - chrome website blocker:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stayfocusd/laankejkbhbdhmipfmgcngdelahlfoji 

David Epstein – Wide or Deep? - [Invest Like the Best, EP.133]https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/david-epstein-wide-or-deep-invest-like-the-best-ep-133/id1154105909?i=1000439925357 

Good One: A Podcast About Jokes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1203393721 

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