A timer is to attention what accounting is to money: if you don’t know what you spend your money on, you‘ll overspend it on things you don’t need. You'll end up without savings and perhaps even go bankrupt.

Most of us spend our attention in this way, as if it’s worthless, without regard for where it’s going. In this way, you end up wasting your time on things that don't matter and without time for those things that do.

"Great creative minds think like artists but work like accountants." - David Brooks

Using a timer resolves this problem. It forces you to spend your time intentionally, and to do so in the most powerful way: concentrating your attention on only one activity at a time, instead of spreading yourself thin across many different tasks.

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