The Importance of Attention Management

The Importance of Attention Management

Technology was supposed to free us from the chores of work and give us more time in the day. More time to enjoy the better things in life. We all believed that we would be so much more productive with all of this technology. Why do we sometimes feel like we have less time than ever before?

Maybe technology was not the promise that we expected. The truth is that we have become slaves to this technology that promised almost endless possibilities. You can now write an email, check Twitter, send a snap and all while sitting in the back row during a training session. The most common response given to this madness is “I am multi-tasking.”

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ‘MULTI-TASKING’. To do two things at once is to do neither. – Publilus Syrus

Of course, some things can be done together – you can eat and watch TV, or chew gum and walk at the same time. When it comes to high demand, cognitive or intellectual activities; these simply cannot occur simultaneously.

Attention management is as important in the workplace today as time management was in the previous era. Productivity is achieved through managing attention rather than managing time. How many times have you faced a day when a hundred things needed to be completed before heading to the airport? As you settle in to your comfortable and spacious seat on the airplane, are you amazed at how much you were able to get done? This was accomplished through attention management. I would bet that there are days when you effectively completed more tasks in four hours than you completed on a day when you spent ten hours in the office.

When you manage your attention – time becomes inconsequential and results are all that really matter. Understanding and managing attention is now the single most important determinant of success. When you put all your attention towards what is important you will see the reward.

***This was a guest post from one of our recruiting team members. We encourage our staff to share their insights and training with others. Learn more about our culture at http://thmedstaffing.com/thmed-careers/