The first step is to learn to speak a language of attention. The exciting news is that the enigma of attention has just begun to be mapped, tracked and decoded by neuroscientists who now consider attention to be a trio of skills: focus, awareness and so-called executive attention. Think of it this way: You can be “aware” that you’re in a beautiful garden and then you can “focus” on an individual flower. The last piece, “executive attention,” is the ability to plan and make decisions.The article also talks about meditation, which, it seems to me, might be the key. Any other thoughts on how to focus?
Sunday, June 22, 2008
For me, focus has become a major obstacle to my productivity. I can ignore the phone, which doesn't ring all that often anyway, and household chores seldom call to me, but email and the internet at my fingers constantly tug at my attention. So I was interested in this article in the New York Times: Fighting a War Against Distraction. I've been looking for a long time for tips about how to focus better. This may be it.