How to reclaim your attention

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How to reclaim your attention

  1. 1. Wednesday, August 27, 14
  2. 2. Theworldwantsthatattention. Onlyyoucandecidewhereitgoes. http://designtaxi.com/article/101804/How-To-Reclaim-Your-Attention/ Wednesday, August 27, 14
  3. 3. Not real-life friends, but social network and blogging and forum friends. Not that these can’t be good relationships, but having too many makes them meaningless.And each friend will take up a little bit of your attention —when you read their updates, click on their links, reply to their messages, look at their photos, and so on. The more you have, the more attentionthey’llrequire.Limitthemtojusttheessential.Readmore. Limityourfriends. http://designtaxi.com/article/101804/How-To-Reclaim-Your-Attention/ Wednesday, August 27, 14
  4. 4. Limityourfeeds. Blog subscriptions, newsletters, other updates and news subscriptions and so on. Limit them to a handful of essentials,and let the rest go.The more you have,the more attentiontheyrequire. http://designtaxi.com/article/101804/How-To-Reclaim-Your-Attention/ Wednesday, August 27, 14
  5. 5. Limityourcommunicationtime. Going into your email inbox? Just give yourself 10 minutes to read, reply, delete, and get out. Going to do Twitter? Give yourself 5 minutes. Seriously, set up a timer. Don’t let these things take up all yourattention. http://designtaxi.com/article/101804/How-To-Reclaim-Your-Attention/ Wednesday, August 27, 14
  6. 6. Giveuponnews.It’s a never-ending cycle.And if you’ve paid attention to the news as long as I have (I’m a former journalist), you know it’s all the same, year after year. Unless your job depends on it, the news is usually a waste of your attention. Let go of the need to stay updated. Even if yourjobdoesdependonit,keepitlimited. http://designtaxi.com/article/101804/How-To-Reclaim-Your-Attention/ Wednesday, August 27, 14
  7. 7. Bebrief. Write brief emails, tweets, updates, blog posts. With some exceptions,ofcourse.Butmakebriefyourdefacto.Readmore. http://designtaxi.com/article/101804/How-To-Reclaim-Your-Attention/ Wednesday, August 27, 14
  8. 8. Giveyourattentiontotheimportant. This is the crucial part: choose what you give your attention to, and do this choosing carefully.What is important to you? Writing? Photography? Design? Coding? Creating a new business that helps others?Your kids? Figure this out, andgivethisthemajorityofyourattention. http://designtaxi.com/article/101804/How-To-Reclaim-Your-Attention/ Wednesday, August 27, 14
  9. 9. Becomeconsciousofyourdistractions. Once you’ve decided to focus your attention on the important, become more aware of distractions as they come up.Make note of them,and as you get the urgetobedistracted,learntopause,breathe,andreturntotheimportant. http://designtaxi.com/article/101804/How-To-Reclaim-Your-Attention/ Wednesday, August 27, 14
  10. 10. Surroundyourselfwiththepositive. If you want your life to be positive, let the positive have your attention. Thisappliestoblogs,people,projects,andmore. http://designtaxi.com/article/101804/How-To-Reclaim-Your-Attention/ Wednesday, August 27, 14
  11. 11. Sítegustóestapresentacióncompartíellink conalguienquetambiénloencuentreútil. Wednesday, August 27, 14

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