We all know quite a bit about Time Management. Its often-neglected cousin is Attention Management – and this, it seems, we know much less about. And Attention Management, in my humble opinion, is the currency of the 21stcentury.
Attention management is the habit of controlling distractions, being present in the moment and maximising focus, so that you can achieve all those high-impact goals you want to. It is about being intentional instead of reactive. It is the ability to recognise when your attention is being diverted and to instead keep it focused on the activities you choose. So, instead of allowing distractions to lead you down the wrong road, you choose where to direct your attention in that moment. It is all about choice. Attention Management is about choosing to focus your attention on your true priorities and goals.
Boosted attention management clearly results in better productivity. If we focus our attention on high-impact activities (instead of distractions and busy-work), we can achieve so much more of the things we choose to – those things related to our goals and aspirations.
Developing our Attention Management skills is – and will increasingly become more so – our biggest challenge and our most important priority if we want to become more productive and less stressed.