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To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

Choosing What You Attend To

Choosing What You Attend To

Attention management offers a deliberate approach that puts you back in control, by managing both external and internal factors.

Practicing attention management means fighting back against the distractions and creating opportunities throughout your day to support your priorities. 

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To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

https://hbr.org/2018/03/to-control-your-life-control-what-you-pay-attention-to

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William James

William James

“My experience is what I agree to attend to.”

Attention Management

It's is the practice of controlling distractions, being present in the moment, finding flow, and maximizing focus, so you can create a life of choice, around things that are important to you.

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. 

Controlling External Factors

  • Control your technology: it’s there to serve you, not the other way around. As often as possible and especially when you’re working, keep your phone silent and out of sight.
  • Control your environment. Set boundaries with others, especially in an open-office setting. For example, use headphones or put up a “do not disturb” sign when you need to focus.

Controlling Internal Factors

  • Control your behavior: for example, open only one window on your computer screen, and give your full attention to one task until it’s complete, or until a designated stopping point. 
  • Control your thoughts: practice noticing when your mind is veering off in its own direction, and gently guide your focus back to where you want it. 

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