Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.


Against all the odds, true inspiration comes from what is hard, bold and unknown. When you challenge what you can do with risk, your vulnerability is a demonstration of courage for navigating in uncharted waters. Risking is essential in every creative work.

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

But I wonder about the best conditions for being truly inspired. Should you be in a hyper- or scatter focus state?

Hyperfocus, according to Chris Baley latest book, is expanding your entire attentional space to a specific task, while he associates scatter-focus with creative and mind-wandering work. However, even when your mind wanders, connecting the dots is not easy and it’s quite a task.

Eventually, the best conditions are a hybrid-focus where you switch from hyper- to scatter-focus, depending on the opportunity the present moment allows you to experience.

One thing seems certain. Inspiration requires taking full advantage of your attentional space.

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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