In a fast-moving world,
where everything must be quick, efficient and cheap, we are used to doing different things at the same time, communicating with different people on different channels about different topics and trying to concentrate on many things at the same time. We strive for omnipresence so we don’t missing out on something. The result is that we lose the ability to focus on one thing for a longer time. But if you want to achieve something significant, exactly this ability is needed.
One year ago,
I read a very interesting TIME article* by Cal Newport that caught my interest. I started to observe myself to find out how often I get distracted and kept from doing the things I want to do. Compared to others, I seem to be relatively focused already. But …
I am a watchmaker.
I make watches by hand. The ability to focus is vital to making great watches. A lot of focus and craftsmanship went into the timepieces of my current collection. To be honest, more than I thought in the beginning. In the future I plan to create the entire movement by hand. There are a lot more skills to be learned to achieve this goal. But one key definitely is to increase my ability to focus.
How much time do you spend focusing on the very things you want to do? How long can you sit still doing that one thing?
Have a great day by keeping your focus!
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
My daughter has them several times a day: Moments where she is so awed, surprised and happy that she shouts it out loud because …
"When God created time, he made plenty of it." (Irish/Celtic saying)
Why then does it feel like we never have enough of it - for the things we want to do and for the people we want to spend time with? You can give an easy answer and say: “Time flies!”, and it is true! Tempus fugit!
In a fast-moving world where everything must be quick, efficient and cheap, we are used to doing different things at the same time, communicating with different people on different channels about different topics and trying to focus on several things at once.
We try to be omnipresent in order to not miss out on something. The result is that we lose the ability to focus on one thing for a longer time. But if you want to achieve something significant, exactly this ability is needed.
Several years ago, I realized something about myself: I am highly motivated when I can learn something new. It energizes me to do something I have never done before and I don’t yet have the skills to do. It’s not only the result that challenges me. It is more the process of improving my skills and finally gaining the ability to do it that is appealing to me.
It’s a new start, a new year. It’s a new day and a new chance.
Maybe you have already given up on half of your New Year's resolutions. Or you did not even have any this year. Don’t worry! You don’t need a new year to start over. Often, it’s not the future we are afraid of. It is the fear of repeating the past that makes us anxious.
Steffen Cornehl repairs and restores antique mechanical watches – he has been crazy about time for more than 20 years now. Big historical watches in museums in St.Petersburg and small distinctive pocket and wrist watches that are very dear to their owners. Crazy about time.
It is the artisanal challenge that attracts Steffen Cornehl as well as the creative possibilities that come along with mastering the different crafts. Along the way, there is still a lot to discover and to learn. The current status becomes manifest in our recent collection. The future starts today.