Attention Management in the Age of Distraction
by Building Habits of Attention
If you struggle and ever wondered why time management techniques do not work for you, here is good news.
There is nothing wrong with you or the way you do things. The truth is that you can’t manage time per se, and in our age and time, that’s a wrong approach from the start.
Especially, managers and leaders suffer from information overload and tasks overwhelm. Anxiety stemming from fear of better options or of missing out, for making mistakes and underachieving, is adding up to the mental clutter and loss of focus.
The aftermath of high expectations, conflicting deadlines, multitasking combined with constant distractions, have many managers and leaders lost their ability to focus and concentrate.They turned in a sort of robots, moving from one task to the next, unable to bring all their attention to one activity for more than a few minutes at a time, in the best case.
Racing from task to task or from call to call people results in little time for planning, reflection, renewal, and achievements. Missing nuances in conversation, typing, and talking at the same time, reacting at every notification, they miss key information due to their continuously dividing attention.
Busyness is the new “badge of honor.” It is the opposite of productivity, as we feel overwhelmed.
Overwhelming is so unpleasant, making people reach for convenient distraction to deal with it by “creative avoidance.”
And all these are making them feel:
Down. Depressed. Overtired.
Overstressed. Overworked. Overstimulated.
Over-scheduled. Unmotivated. Burnt-out.
When distracted and unfocused, employees at all levels become problematic for any organization.
What happens when managers and leaders are indulging in these types of behavior?
They fail to bring their full attention and their executive mental functions to their responsibilities.
What can help is that leaders and managers operate at a higher level of how they manage their attention.
The proliferation of digital technology and media, demands people’s attention, creating distractions.
Today the global economy has shifted from a material-based economy to one based on the capacity of human attention.
“The wealth of information creates a poverty of attention,” that is the reason why the Information Age has become the Attention Age.
Everything is pushed at you in ways that are designed to command and control your attention by distracting you.
Distraction is the opposite of attention, the new epidemic at work.
That makes attention a finite resource, and those leaders who understand this now begin to manage their attention intelligently.
Attention is the 21st Century rarest, and most valuable skill.
Today is requiring you to train in ways you have never anticipated before. Uncertainty and complexity demand new approaches to adapt to the rapidly changing environment
Attention is the behavioral and cognitive process of selectively concentrating on a discrete aspect of information, whether considered subjective or objective while ignoring other perceivable information.
How to regain control of your Attention:
Techniques are easy to learn and you can apply immediately in any area of your life, any time you need it.
During the training, you have the chance to learn a lot about your brain and your own attention, in ways that will change how you do things for the rest of your life.
The Attention Management In The Age Of Distraction process can be adapted for groups and teams and redesigned to meet your organization specific needs.