30 Apr ATTENTION MANAGEMENT, REGAIN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE
Reclaim control of your life, control what you pay attention to
What we pay attention to determines our experiences, which on the long run end up determining the content of our life. In the frantic world of today, this is truer than ever.
To build consistence and productivity and manage stress better, it is therefore crucial to develop our skills in “attention management”.
According to the Harvard Business Review Article available here, “[a]ttention management is the practice of controlling distractions, being present in the moment, finding flow, and maximizing focus, so that you can unleash your genius. It’s about being intentional instead of reactive. It is the ability to recognize when your attention is being stolen (or has the potential to be stolen) and to instead keep it focused on the activities you choose. Rather than allowing distractions to derail you, you choose where you direct your attention at any given moment, based on an understanding of your priorities and goals.”
First, we need to define our priorities and goals clearly. What do we want to achieve today, during the next week or during the next month?
Then, to create opportunities throughout our day to support your priorities, we need to control two kinds of factors:
- External factors: controlling our technology, by, for instance, putting away our electronic devices when we need to focus, and controlling our environment, by, notably, setting clear rules with our co-workers.
- Internal factors: controlling our behavior, by getting used to single-tasking, and control our thoughts, by noticing when our mind starts to wonder and calmly come back to the task we are busy with. Noticing is a very useful tool used, for instance, in meditation, to keep control of the mind.
By building our “attention muscle” through habits like those above, we will start to direct our life better and to focus on what is really important to us.
Let’s do this!