• Simon Jacobs

What Conquering Chess Teaches You About Focus

Do you know why you’re making little progress despite working so hard?

And why you haven’t finished that business email or spreadsheet?


You struggle to focus.

You start typing out that email and BAAM…

Next minute you’ve gone into a state of hypnosis and you’re watching YouTube videos.

Or you’re daydreaming about how to create an exercise program that works.

And it’s Game Over for your work.

Yet you’re confused how “just 5 minutes” turns into hours…

You’re annoyed when you go back to work, forgotten what you were doing and go back to the beginning.

All this does is frustrates you and stops you from making further progress.

Like a gym goer who never increases the weight of the dumbbells.

Sure, you’re “working”, but you’re not creating any more output.

Now, making little progress for one day may not seem like much.

But here’s the thing…

It’s not a one-off event.

You do this day after day.

Week after week.

Month after month.

And do you want to look back in 5 years’ time and see that you’re in much the same position

as where you are right now?

You’d be lying to yourself if you said yes.

I know this because you have hopes and dreams.

Dreams of freedom where you can do what you want with who you want.

Hopes of having a god-like physique, being a millionaire and dating beauty queens.

Can you waste time playing video games, watching YouTube or reading the news when you have goals to smash?

I’m not saying you should never do these things, but you need to set aside time specific for them.

And focus on your work when you say you’re going to do it.

Now, you’ve tried different techniques to try and focus.

You’ve tried everything…

…The Pomodoro technique


…Noise cancelling headphones

None of these have worked so far.

And the reason is because you’ve not changed your mindset.

You continue to do the same thing.

As Albert Einstein said

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

You might as well go to a mental institution.

You’ll continue to make zero progress until you do something else to focus on the important tasks.

You might as well watch paint dry for the rest of your life — you’ll achieve as much and it will be less stressful.

Now how do I know changing your mindset is the key to focusing and getting work done?

If Bill Gates gave you $1,000,000…

I guarantee you’d focus and finish your outreach emails or train every morning.


Because the reward you get is more than the pain of doing the task.

It’s what makes us human. We enjoy the carrot more than the stick.

Imagine if you could complete your tasks with the focus of someone about to receive $1,000,000 from Bill Gates?

And before you tell me that Bill Gates won’t give you $1,000,000, it’s not the point.

What matters is you need the mentality and focus as if Bill Gates gives you one million dollars.

Think about how much more you can get done…

You’d finally make progress in the gym.

You’d finish that blog post you’ve been sitting on for the last week.

You’d put down the chocolate bar and go for a run.

And that’s why I’m here.

To share with you a simple way to regain your focus and finish what you set out to achieve.

Play Chess

Yes, it’s that simple. Chess is the catalyst to focusing.

Let me explain…

When you’re playing chess, your entire focus is on the game, right?

You can’t start daydreaming because as soon as you do, that’s it. You’ve forgotten your strategy and your opponent has checkmated you.

So you have to think about the game. 100% focus.

Now, your life is like chess.

You need 100% commitment.

Because as soon as you don’t, your mind will wander and you’re back to watching YouTube.

So for the time you’ve set aside to train or write your blog, you need 100% focus. 

And the way to get this focus is by playing chess. 

Every day, play a 10 minute game online and it will be enough to re-wire your brain so you have unrivalled focus. 

You need to commit to playing every day for this to succeed. 

Within 30 continuous days of playing (the time it takes for habits to form), your focus will improve.

Now, you could play more than one game a day and it’s likely you will do.

And that’s fine.

The key to improving your focus is to play every single day. 

Here’s the website I use and it’s free to set up an account.

So set up an account (it takes 3 minutes) and join me if you want to level up.

Yours truly,

Simon Jacobs

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