Focus? Why Do I Need    More Stinkin’ Focus?Mike Gehard       @mikegehard
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Results of multitasking?
Smithsonian
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Context Switching
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How do we counteract the“fuzziness” of multitasking?
Practice focus
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Practice focus      = Meditation
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Recap
RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbed
RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbedSit up straight where ever comfortable
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R-Brain vs L-Brain
Rich Brain
Rich Braincreativity
Rich Brain    creativitysynthesis of ideas
Rich Brain    creativitysynthesis of ideasfiguring things out
Linear Brain
Linear Brain  analysis
Linear Brain      analysistaking things apart
Linear Brain       analysis taking things apartmaking things happen
Practice focus      = Meditation
Meditation allows the rich brain  to get some “playing time”
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Challenge10 minutes of meditation       3x week
How has meditation helped your        development?
How has meditation helped your        development?     #devmed on Twitter
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Focus and Meditation
Focus and Meditation
Focus and Meditation
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This is the talk that I gave on focus and meditation at Rocky Mountain Ruby 2011.

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  • Your mileage may vary\n\nThink of this as a requirements gathering exercise.\n
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  • No that is not me\n\n
  • That is me...Blue river outside of Silverthorne in Summit County Colorado\n
  • Yoga practitioner and teacher.\n
  • Software developer\n
  • All of these things benefit from increased levels of focus\nAlso called in ‘in the zone’ \nHow many people think they are focused?\nHow many people could be more focused? \nWhy is focus important?\n\n
  • Our world has become increasingly about “multitasking” and increased sensory input.\n\n\n
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  • iphone/smart phones\n
  • Many studies showing that we are getting “dumber” because of the time/energy we are “wasting” on multitasking.\n\n\n
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  • Brain is like a computer, it can only perform one action at a time.\nIt creates the illusion of doing many things at once (aka multitasking) via context switching.\n\n
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  • One way I choose to practice focus is meditation.\nThere are many others.\nHow many people have meditated?\n
  • One way I choose to practice focus is meditation.\nThere are many others.\nHow many people have meditated?\n
  • One way I choose to practice focus is meditation.\nThere are many others.\nHow many people have meditated?\n
  • You can practice meditation anywhere\nLike in a room full of Rubyists\nLet’s try it now... 5-10 minute meditation\nEdge of seat\nSit up straight, hands in lap\nEyes closed\nNotice that you are breathing in and out through the nose\nBegin to count to 10. If you ever lose count, just start back at one.\nWhen you get to 10, start over again.\nIf you get distracted, simply notice that you got distracted and start counting again at 1.\n\n\n
  • Congrats you are all now experienced meditators...my job is done here. ;-)\n
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  • How do you get better...you do it...just do it.\n\nJust ease into it.\n\nTell story about reading cookbook and getting full from it...\n\n\n
  • We use our brains to solve problems when developing.\n
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  • many of us are great at l-brain stuff but find the r-brain stuff a little more challenging\n
  • many of us are great at l-brain stuff but find the r-brain stuff a little more challenging\n
  • many of us are great at l-brain stuff but find the r-brain stuff a little more challenging\n
  • many of us are great at l-brain stuff but find the r-brain stuff a little more challenging\n
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  • Remember that the brain can only do one thing at a time and since we are good at l-brain stuff it tends to take over.\n\nMeditation gives the dominant l-brain something to do while the r-brain gets a chance to do it’s thing.\n\n
  • You get a glimpse of this when you get that ah ha moment in the shower.\n
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  • Great resource about this kind of stuff.\n
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    1. 1. Focus? Why Do I Need More Stinkin’ Focus?Mike Gehard @mikegehard
    2. 2. Title • Bulleted Text Goes Here YMMV • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here simplerich
    3. 3. @mikegehard
    4. 4. Title • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here Rock Climber • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here mariachily
    5. 5. Title • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here Whitewater kayaker • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here
    6. 6. Title • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here jocelyn.aubert
    7. 7. snoozeboyLSE Library
    8. 8. FOCUS
    9. 9. Title • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here
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    11. 11. Results of multitasking?
    12. 12. Smithsonian
    13. 13. Title • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here brewbooks
    14. 14. Context Switching
    15. 15. Context SwitchingUnload current context
    16. 16. Context SwitchingUnload current contextLoad new context
    17. 17. Context SwitchingUnload current contextLoad new contextPerform action on new context
    18. 18. Context SwitchingUnload current contextLoad new contextPerform action on new contextUnload current context
    19. 19. Context SwitchingUnload current contextLoad new contextPerform action on new contextUnload current contextLoad old context
    20. 20. Context SwitchingUnload current contextLoad new contextPerform action on new contextUnload current contextLoad old contextPerform action on old context
    21. 21. Context SwitchingUnload current contextLoad new contextPerform action on new contextUnload current contextLoad old contextPerform action on old contextThis context switching can cost you 20-40% of yourproductivity
    22. 22. How do we counteract the“fuzziness” of multitasking?
    23. 23. Practice focus
    24. 24. Practice focus =
    25. 25. Practice focus = Meditation
    26. 26. Title • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes HerePicture•of Walt Disney Goes Here iPhone Bulleted Text quote from • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here
    27. 27. Smithsonian
    28. 28. Recap
    29. 29. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbed
    30. 30. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbedSit up straight where ever comfortable
    31. 31. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbedSit up straight where ever comfortableStart a timer
    32. 32. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbedSit up straight where ever comfortableStart a timerClose your eyes
    33. 33. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbedSit up straight where ever comfortableStart a timerClose your eyesTake a 3-4 deep breaths through nose
    34. 34. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbedSit up straight where ever comfortableStart a timerClose your eyesTake a 3-4 deep breaths through noseCount inhales/exhales, 1..2..3 up to 10
    35. 35. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbedSit up straight where ever comfortableStart a timerClose your eyesTake a 3-4 deep breaths through noseCount inhales/exhales, 1..2..3 up to 10When you get to 10 start over
    36. 36. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbedSit up straight where ever comfortableStart a timerClose your eyesTake a 3-4 deep breaths through noseCount inhales/exhales, 1..2..3 up to 10When you get to 10 start overIf you get distracted, start over at 1
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    39. 39. brewbooks
    40. 40. R-Brain vs L-Brain
    41. 41. Rich Brain
    42. 42. Rich Braincreativity
    43. 43. Rich Brain creativitysynthesis of ideas
    44. 44. Rich Brain creativitysynthesis of ideasfiguring things out
    45. 45. Linear Brain
    46. 46. Linear Brain analysis
    47. 47. Linear Brain analysistaking things apart
    48. 48. Linear Brain analysis taking things apartmaking things happen
    49. 49. Practice focus = Meditation
    50. 50. Meditation allows the rich brain to get some “playing time”
    51. 51. Insert picture of shower here stevendepolo
    52. 52. Challenge10 minutes of meditation 3x week
    53. 53. How has meditation helped your development?
    54. 54. How has meditation helped your development? #devmed on Twitter
    55. 55. Credits
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    57. 57. Title • Bulleted Text Goes HereMy many teachers over • Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here • the years Bulleted Text Goes Here • Bulleted Text Goes Here
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