Chris Brogan on Attention Deficit
In a recent article on The New Attention Deficit, published by Entrepreneur Magazine, Chris Brogan provides four techniques to restore what the mis-use of smart phones and computers has done to our productivity:
- Schedule your correspondence
- Pick a task (by removing the other tabs from your browser window)
- Avoid answering the phone
- Maintain human contact
He's right on, and entirely in tune to the principles and techniques in my Productivity Workshop. There, I talk about the three dimensions of productivity, and aggregating what you do along each of these dimensions. Chris Brogan's recommendations line up along the same:
- Time. #1 and #3 are exactly about budgeting specific (aggregated) time blocks for corresponding (processing your email and mail) and for conversing (processing your voice mail).
- Space. #2 is about managing your digital space by reducing the number of "places" you deal with at a time. Focusing on one task (represented by one browser tab) and removing the other reduces the internally-induced distractions.
- Mind. #4 is about not letting your mind wonder (and get distracted by the machines) while interacting with others.
I encourage you to read the brief, but rich article on the Entrepreneur Magazine website, and then share your thoughts below.
- What are your challenges in applying these four techniques in your own professional (and even personal) life?
- What additional tips do you have to turn these techniques from theory into a habit for life?
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