There are a lot of techniques that you can use to train your attention and ironically you can use technology itself – there is a category of apps called “Conscious Computing Apps” -- I’m going to share some with you …
1. When you start curating
information, does it make you feel anxious? 2. When you are seeking information to curate, have you ever forgotten what it was in the first place you wanted to accomplish? 3. Do you add links to your Scoop.It or other collections without reading and thinking and annotating the article? 4. Do you experience frustration at the amount of information you need to process daily? 5. Do you sit at your computer for longer than 30 minutes at a time without getting up to take a break? 6. Do you constantly check (even in the bathroom on your mobile phone) your email, Twitter, Scoop.It or other online service? 7. Is the only time you're off line is when you are sleeping? 8. Do you feel that you often cannot concentrate? 9. Do you get anxious if you are offline for more than a few hours? 10.Do you find yourself easily distracted by online resources that allow you to avoid other, pending work? Self-Knowledge Before Tools A few quick assessment questions Add up your score: # of YES answers
• Understand your goals and
priorities and ask yourself at regular intervals whether your current activity serves your higher priority. • Notice when your attention has wandered, and then gently bringing it back to focus on your highest priority • Sometimes in order to learn or deepen relationships -- exploring from link to link is permissible – and important. Don’t make attention training so rigid that it destroys flow. Source: Howard Rheingold NetSmart What does it mean to manage your attention?