You can manage your Chrome tabs just fine, but true multi-tasking just might be a myth. Single-minded focus is the way of progress. . .


How much time do you waste being distracted? Imagine if you could eliminate all distracting thoughts to focus on any task at any time. You could easily double or even triple your productivity. Think, too, about how much better you’d be at solving any problem with a single-minded approach that is completely distraction-free.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion silver medalist and Evolve MMA instructor Almiro Barros has a perfect strategy for eliciting ultra-sharp focus from his young students. Concentration on the task at hand is an important skill for kids to learn, and nowhere is this more obvious than on the mats in a Muay Thai instructional.

Take, for example, Almiro’s first directive for his students: follow the rules. You can see this first point in effect right now. The reason why you’re able to understand what I’m saying is because I’m following a set written structure (i.e. grammar rules). I introduce my main point, then I back it up with evidence. If I strayed from that structure, you would be confused. Instead you are following my meaning right to the very end.

This is the first of many points that Almiro Barros mentions in the Evolve MMA video below. I will also provide a productivity tip I’ve found most helpful throughout the years. But for now, let’s see how you can help kids, and perhaps even yourself develop better focus:



The most common reason that people lose focus is because they’re trying to do too many things at once.

Humans cannot truly multi-task. We can only focus on one thing at a time. Sure, you can walk and talk at the same time, but walking is not something that requires focus. If I put you on a balance beam and ask you to walk and talk, you’ll fall over. We can only focus on one thing at a time.

There will be times when a task overwhelms you and you try to do everything at once. When this happens, you must break the task down into steps. This not only makes the task less intimidating, but it also provide a clear blueprint to follow.

If you want to undermine the overwhelming, break the task down into steps then focus solely on the step ahead – and nothing else. You clean your room by organizing it. We clear our mind of distractions the same way.


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Evan Lee
Evan is a gourmand of combat sports from Taiwan. He appreciates the beauty of Muay Thai movement and all other movements. He's got no rudder so if the winds blow northerly, he goes north. His goal is to achieve and appreciate.

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