James Clear

James Clear quotes on distractions

Author of the #1 NYT bestseller Atomic Habits. I write about building better habits.

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A difficult lesson to learn: Your most persistent distractions will seem justified to you.


What looks like a talent gap is often a focus gap. The "all star" is often an average to above average performer who spends more time working on what is important and less time on distractions. The talent is staying focused.


Before you throw more time at the problem, throw more focused action at the problem. You don’t need more time, you need fewer distractions.


Highly focused people do not leave their options open. They make choices. If you commit to nothing, you’ll be distracted by everything.


Limitations are helpful if they limit distraction. Obstacles are useful if they obstruct the unnecessary.


The first step to accepting yourself is to simply become comfortable being with yourself. There is a benefit to sitting in silence for a few moments each day. It's difficult to work through internal baggage when you are constantly receiving external stimuli.


The most dangerous items on your to-do list are the ones that look like opportunities, but are actually distractions.


There are all kinds of cheat codes laying around, but they usually look boring. The cheat code is often the obvious thing. It's "the fundamentals" applied consistently and without distraction. There are many things people know work, but don't actually do.


Too often we spend our day responding to what is urgent instead of pursuing what is important. Proceed with purpose.


Tough lesson to learn: The anxiety of worry is almost always worse than the actual consequences. Stop worrying and start doing.


Professionals stick to the schedule. Amateurs let life get in the way.


Observation: The people who do valuable work often have a remarkable willingness to say no to distractions and focus on one thing.


Busy doesn't equal important and urgent isn't the same as necessary. Filter out the fluff and focus on what matters.

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