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What Will You Intentionally Ignore?


Most of the time we ignore things unintentionally.

  • Bills.
  • A dog barking outside the window.
  • A dripping faucet.
  • Ambient noise at a coffee shop.

We ignore things all the time.

When you can’t ignore one or more of these things, it’s difficult to get anything done.

Here’s the problem.

There is a time and a place to ignore even the most urgent and important issues in your life.

I’m going to completely ignore my phone when I’m on a date with my wife. Or when I’m watching a movie.

Ignore all notifications (better yet turn them off) when writing a book or creating a spreadsheet.

Ignore negative people pretty much all of the time.

Intentionally ignore.

Make a list of three things that you’re going to ignore every morning, a different three things in the afternoon, and three more things in the evening.

Put that list right next to your to-do list. An ignore list paired with a to-do list will give you superpowers.

When you choose to ignore, you choose to focus.

And focus is compost for productivity.