Source: MyFocusSpace platform
We are delighted to get a lot of questions about MyFocusSpace from the people that want to try it. Some of them are so good that we decided to start this mini-series of articles in which we plan to answer them in more detail.
Today's question is "When it's best to use MyFocusSpace?"
One thing we want to mention before emphasizing most of the situations when you can use MyFocusSpace is that experience you get from the platform depends mostly on the reasons you come on the platform.
✴️ Different reasons why people come on MyFocusSpace
- Productivity on demand - not kidding here, it's really on demand
- The randomness of connectivity brings variety to their world - trust me I am one of those who love this feature a lot
- Accountability to your plans
- Distraction-free environment
You might have read them on our website as well, but the idea here is to go beyond them and explain a bit more about the real situations when you can use MyFocusSpace.
Below you can find a few of those situations emphasized.
👉 Whenever you are in the low-energy state
Together with my co-founder Ionut, we debated this situation a few months ago. I relate to this one the most because it solved my dilemma. My problem was that I had moments during the day when I would be very focused on what I needed to do and do it fast, and there were other moments when I wanted to do something, but my brain would sort of refuse to collaborate and I would find myself getting distracted very easily.
I asked Ionut if he was experiencing the same, and to be honest I had no idea how elaborate his answer would be. It was the moment when he introduced me to the work of Cal Newport about Deep Work.
The idea here is that our body is naturally inclined to have high energy during some parts of the day and low energy during other parts, which is not a big deal if you think. But you see what you chose to do during those parts of the day is very important.
You have to be kind to yourself and collaborate with your body as well.
This means that whenever your body is in a high-energy state you should do the tasks that require the most of your brain activity. This might include studying something hard, working on something that requires full focus.
This also means that whenever you are in a low-energy state you should do things that don't require so much of your brain activity. This might include sending emails, organizing your calendar, scheduling your meetings.
Peter Drucker says: "If you can't measure it you can't improve it."
So that's what I did, I measured my state of energy and took notes of what I was doing every hour for two weeks, which led me to this simple graph.
Source: Viorica's journal
My insight out of this process was eye-opening. I tended to procrastinate/get distracted whenever I was in a low-energy state, which led me to spend a lot of time finishing my low-brain activity tasks. Personally, these are the moments when I use MyFocusSpace, as it gives me the context to leave any distractions on the side and just do my low-brain activity tasks.
👉 Whenever you are in the state "I don't feel like doing it"
I bet you have experienced this state at least once a week. The idea here is that you might want to ask yourself the reason you feel that way. It can be that the task is too hard, it can be that you are not motivated, it can be that you didn't sleep enough, etc. From my experience, most of the reasons for my state of "I don't feel like doing it" were internally oriented and took time to figure out. Sometimes you just need to hang on to something external, something that pushes you forward whenever you are internally low. Action creates momentum and momentum leads to completed tasks.
👉 Whenever you want to build a habit of waking up early in the morning
Scot H Young has an interesting thought about habits vs commitments, where he says that habits are activities that happen mostly automatically, triggered by something and that requires almost no self-conscious effort. On the other hand, commitments require planning, may vary depending on conditions and require a high conscious effort. So whenever you say that you have a habit of exercising or waking up very early in the morning think twice if it is really a habit or just a commitment.
Now coming back to building a habit, it all starts with a commitment. And that's what I do with my accountability buddy. We book a session in MyFocusSpace at 6 AM for doing our morning exercise and meditate. Funny but these early morning sessions, help me be very mindful with the time I chose to go to bed because I don't want to let my friend down by not showing up in a session, whenever I commit myself to it.
👉 Whenever you want variety in your work/studying environment
Yes, that's exactly what those 10 minutes at the end of the session facilitate. You have no idea what kind of connections you can make whenever talking to a like-minded person who might be from the other side of the world. I find this feature the most promising to me to keep my sanity within the lockdown. No kidding here, I am an extrovert-introvert type of person, which means that whenever I am in a situation where I need to speak, I do so and I give the best into the conversation, but that also means that I love to spend time by myself. This is amazing if you think, I can get out of my comfort zone every day within a few click distance. Ionut, for example, met Dave Ramsey on the platform, who is working in machine learning. Their session led to exchanging some ideas and ended up Ionut helping Dave with a side project he works on.
👉 Whenever you don't like what you do, but you have to do it
I found it interesting to learn about myself how easily I find time to prioritize and do things I like and what struggle I push myself through when I need to do something I don't like. I usually end up doing those tasks very close to their deadlines, to sort of use the pressure of the deadline as my motivation. Only that I noticed that it is quite stressful in the long run and it doesn't seem like a real motivation. Here comes in hand the accountability on-demand feature. It helps you understand that you can do things you don't like in a very short amount of time once you put your mind into actually doing it.
Hope this helps someone! Very excited about what's coming next. I'll have another question answered in the coming week.