In a fast-moving world, where everything must be quick, efficient and cheap, we are used to do different things at the same time: Communicating with different people over different channels about different topics, trying to concentrate on many things at the same time. We strive for omnipresence so we don’t 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.
Some time ago, I read a very interesting TIME article by Cal Newport on the ability to focus without distraction 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 make great watches.