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The Value of Your Attention

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The Value of Your Attention
Most of our attention is stretched across a bunch of ideas at once and it's increasingly difficult to stop and pay attention to the world around us. However, our attention span is limited and many of us undervalue its importance.

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Limited Attention Spans

We underestimate the value of our attention.

As technology makes us distracted, unable to concentrate or focus, we need to cultivate our attention spans and improve our clarity of thought.

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Junk Food For The Mind

As we get aware of how to improve our critical thinking skills and build our attention muscle, we need to stop consuming junk information that can harm our minds similar to how junk food is harming our bodies.

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Memorizing

A good way to practice focusing your attention is to memorize a situation and think about it intentionally.

Memorizing forces our brain to function and remember the information, actively removing distractions.

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