... for creative thinking. It helps refill your stores of attention.
Leaders typically are bombarded with demands on their time and if they’re not careful they can find themselves booked nonstop for days on end. It’s important to maintain some open space in the calendar.
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Our attention and ability to focus in the moment are very limited. Our devices, with all their notifications and messages, create a false sense of urgency.
Ask yourself: How often are any of these interruptions truly urgent?
A leader’s most precious resource is not their time. It’s their focused attention. If you're able to direct your attention toward a particular task or discussion, you'll have a powerful impact in a minimal amount of time.
Activities like meditation, journaling, time in nature, regular physical activity, and good sleep hygiene support and expand our attentive capacity and our ability to direct focus and block distractions.
While these activities are often enjoyable in themselves, they aren’t indulgences–they’re investments in our ability to operate at peak effectiveness.
Our thoughts shape our reality. Why? Because our thoughts generate feelings, feelings lead to action, and action leads to result.
As a part of your morning routine, establish one to three critical tasks that must be done throughout the day. Don’t just think of them superficially. Visualize them and simulate the feelings you’ll get after finishing each task. If you truly think about your day’s success, your subconscious will do everything it can to help you turn thoughts into reality.
The reason we have “attention” is to solve one of the brain’s big problems: There is far more information in our environment (and in our own minds!) than the brain can fully process. Without a way to filter, the relentless sensory input would leave us overloaded, incapable of functioning effectively. The attention system is like a flashlight. It allows us to select and direct our brain’s computational resources to a smaller subset of the information. We can narrow our sights onto our conversation partner and boost her voice in a crowded room while dimming down other sights and sounds.
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