Mar 8, 2021

Focus on a Task with Amna

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Ravi Lingineni

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It can be tempting to stray from our top priorities when working on a computer, because there are so many avenues.

If you stray to another application that isn’t a part of your task (cough, Reddit, cough), get distracted with a message from a co-worker, or find yourself hopping from one-task to another impulsively, we wanted to build a tool that could alleviate some of your distractibility.

Why Focusing is Hard

Cal Newport, author of Deep Work, is the expert when it comes to focus in a distracted world.

What we choose to focus on and what we choose to ignore—plays in defining the quality of our life. - Cal Newport

Staying focused is like fighting the system. Most consumers are part of an attention economy.

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The system is incentivized to make click baity ads and viral campaigns to drive you away from your important tasks.

Focus in this digital age is a super power. It’s about fighting the system, and taking back your life.

Here are 3 ways the world distracts us:

  • Notifications

    Do apps ever bounce at you in the middle of a meeting? Or maybe people just message you “hey” and wait for you to respond. Drives me nuts.

    Notifications lack awareness and the instantly shift our focus.

  • Overchoice

    Ever go to Ikea and get overwhelmed at all the cool things you can buy? Amazon is no different. This leads to to outcomes we didn’t intend.

    Too many choices divert our focus in multiple places.

  • Urgency

    We often forget the the power to say no. Your co-worker just messaged you for feedback. You have to ask yourself if has to be done right now.

Steps to Fight Distractions

Be intentional. That’s our philosophy. Say what you’re going to do and when.

This is called proactive decision making, and studies show it boosts your overall satisfaction.

1. Make a To-Do List

The easiest way to be intentional is to make a to-do list.

Amna’s basic to-do list is enough to get started

Amna’s basic to-do list is enough to get started

2. One-Thing at a Time

Ichigyo-Zammai is a Japanese proverb to do one thing at a time. Set aside time and tell yourself to get something done.

Amna can help. It provides a focus bar at the bottom and a colored browser for a task.

Amna can help. It provides a focus bar at the bottom and a colored browser for a task.

3. Prioritize

If you have too many things to do, you can’t do it all at once. So prioritize. I call this intelligent procrastination. Be smart about what you choose to get the most value.

tasks can be reordererd in Amna

tasks can be reordererd in Amna

4. Capture

And for all that noise and urgent messages, just make it a task and save it for later. As long as it’s on your to-do list, you’ll get it done! Your to-do list lays out your day.

Ctrl+E brings up an entry bar to add tasks from anywhere!

Ctrl+E brings up an entry bar to add tasks from anywhere!

Plus, if you don’t finish your task today, you can always come back to it at a later time! Amna saves your work 🎉

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What you need is a task player. It’s going to be your secret sauce to staying focused among the bazillion things you have!

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