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!




Slack and the Sabbath sequence by Zvi on Lesswrong:

Main Lesswrong post on ‘slack’:

Farnam Street Mental models: 

Lying by Sam Harris: 

Jared’s essay on Algorithms: 

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport: 

The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa: 

Naval Ravikant’s tweetstorm (some ideas mentioned definitely came from here): 

Deep work by Cal Newport:: 

Stayfocused (android app): 

StayFocusd - chrome website blocker: 

David Epstein – Wide or Deep? - [Invest Like the Best, EP.133] 

Good One: A Podcast About Jokes: 

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