We need life purpose to focus on the right thing

Makzan’s Dispatch 2020 week 14

I mentioned how I focus on working by using “focus sessions” in the week 12 newsletter. But focusing on the wrong thing can lead to the wrong direction as well. That’s why we need to have life purposes. I first learned this 12 years ago from GTD’s 50,000 feet article.


So in my focus sessions system, I defined goals from different levels: 

  1. Life purpose

  2. five-year goal (Role)

  3. Annual goal

  4. 6-week goal

  5. weekly goal

  6. daily goal

  7. focus sessions

If the focus sessions, or the time spent, do not fit into my goal for a long while, I know something goes wrong. This acts as a map of my life purpose so that I won’t get lost during day-to-day busy tasks. I can measure how well I align my tasks with my long term goals.

So, does what you are focusing on now match your life purpose?

Links worth sharing

Common tasks of managing HTML DOM with vanilla JavaScript 

Multiple border-radius values 


A fun site to break brand guidelines

Basecamp’s home office desks 

Michael Tsai - Blog - macOS 10.15.4 Broke SSH 

At least in my case, my one server that happened to be running on a non-standard ssh port above 8192 will not connect from Catalina 10.15.4 when using the hostname instead of the IP address.

John Maeda | How to light yourself on the cheap - YouTube

Full of Potential: Developers on the iPad's Past, Present, and Future - MacStories

Apple acquired DarkSky 

Our API service for existing customers is not changing today, but we will no longer accept new signups. The API will continue to function through the end of 2021.

And the Android version will be shut down very soon.

Elon Musk's SpaceX bans Zoom over privacy concerns: memo - Reuters

Technically, How Zoom for Mac bypasses installation

There has been so much bad news this week regarding the popular Zoom video conference tool. But Zoom is also responding fast to fix things.

Quote of the week

The more control you have over your attention, the more control you have over your future. — @JamesClear

Stay healthy friends!

Until next week,
Thomas Mak