Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive by Edward M. HallowellAre you driven to distraction at work?
Bestselling author Edward M. Hallowell, MD, the world’s leading expert on ADD and ADHD, has set his sights on a new goal: helping people feel more in control and productive at work.
You know the feeling: you can’t focus; you feel increasingly overwhelmed by a mix of nonstop demands and technology that seems to be moving at the speed of light; and you’re frustrated just trying to get everything done well—and on time. Not only is this taking a toll on performance, it’s impacting your sense of well-being outside the office. It’s time to reclaim control.
Dr. Hallowell now identifies the underlying reasons why people lose their ability to focus at work. He explains why commonly offered solutions like “learn to manage your time better” or “make a to-do list” don’t work because they ignore the deeper issues that are the true causes of mental distraction. Based on his years of helping clients develop constructive ways to deal with distraction, Dr. Hallowell provides a set of practical and reliable techniques to show how to sustain a productive mental state.
In Part 1 of the book, he identifies the six most common ways people lose the ability to focus at work—what he calls “screen sucking” (internet/social media addiction), multitasking, idea hopping (never finishing what you start), worrying, playing the hero, and dropping the ball—and he explains the underlying psychological and emotional dynamics driving each behavior.
Part 2 of the book provides advice for “training” your attention overall, so that you are less susceptible to surrendering it, in any situation. The result is a book that will empower you to combat each one of these common syndromes—and clear a path for you to achieve your highest personal and professional goals.
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The average human has an eight-second attention span—less than that of a goldfish, according to a study from Microsoft. For most people, the first and most important step to increasing focus is to change the way you view it, says Elie Venezky, author of Hack Your Brain. Once you drop this mistaken belief, you can take a much more realistic approach to building focus.
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Struggling to focus at work? These tips could help
By Kat Boogaard on November 27, in Productivity. You know those days, right? You spend a few minutes tapping away in a Google Doc, followed by an embarrassing amount of time falling down the YouTube black hole. You answer a single email before grabbing your phone for a not-so-brief scroll through Instagram. What gives? And, more importantly, how can you give your attention span a much-needed kick in the pants? Are you yawning at your desk?
The sad fact is that it has become increasingly difficult to stay focused on your tasks because of the modern work environment. One reason is due to the fact that work interruptions are inevitable. From phone calls and emergency meetings to coworkers who want to have a chat and the latest time-sink that is social media , being interrupted at work has become part of the job. Meanwhile, a UC Irvine study has shown that when interruptions at work happen, it can take approximately 23 minutes for employees to regain their focus. The study also showed that although these employees still manage to get things done even with constant interruptions, it comes at a cost. The employees are compelled to hurry when finishing their interrupted work, raising their stress levels and increasing their risk for burnout. In addition to experiencing stress and burnout, less productive employees also run the risk of losing their jobs.
Why Many People Lose Focus at Work
In a world of constant pings and competing priorities, it can be tough to stay on track during the workday. In our recent study, 84 percent of people said that constant interruptions at work are making them less happy. Next time you feel stress creeping up, try these techniques for staying focused at work. You might find that adding a little structure to the madness is all you need to reach your maximum productivity — and be a little happier. The Eisenhower Decision Matrix helps you eliminate those tasks from your workday, so you can focus on initiatives that make a big splash.
If your mind is wandering at work, you could try some of these research-backed methods to help you get back on track. Even when there are a variety of external motivating factors , it can still be difficult to bring your attention back to the present. So, what gives? A lot of the human brain is still a mystery to researchers, but scientists such as Peter Killeen have attempted to map a framework for how the seeds of a wandering mind are sown on a physical level, which they have called the neurogenetics theory. They look to glial cells and glycogen stores for this energy. If these are found lacking, the neurons function at a diminished capacity and other parts of the brain start to bid for attention, causing the mind to wander. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent this from happening, and On Stride has gone to the trouble of compiling them into this infographic.