What holds attention determines distraction

Even checked distractions will lead you to distraction. What holds attention determines distraction.  This very day I have been repeating over and over to myself a verbal jingle whose mawkish silliness was the secret of its haunting power. I loathed yet could not banish it.  What holds attention determines action. William James, The Principles of Psychology Was […]

Working against attention residue

Going to work to answer emails won’t make you a better emailer, just as another five minutes on Twitter won’t improve your social networking game. Email, Twitter, and incoming messages drain our cognitive fitness. Continuous partial attention fragments our mind and impedes deep thought, which is at the core of doing meaningful work. How are we alive […]

One infinite loop

Smart watches Kindle books Spotify streams The newest technologies erode their physical counterparts, but they also revitalize interest in the old stuff. The sensory, tactile experience of analog items as those listed above literally feel more special. They are stimulants: the subtle noise of a telltale “tick-tock,” the fresh smell of an unopened book, or […]

Filtering out clickbait

Clickbait is the result of a 24/7 news cycle. Media companies create stories of unimportance so that they can get another click to drive up revenues. The entire operation intends to suck your attention and waste your time, along with depleting your brain cells. In short, the news makes your brain fat. That’s why you […]

Multi-tasking: how to survive in the 21st century

Answering emails during a meeting. Tweeting a live debate. Multitasking is more tempting than ever because it’s too easy to flip between screens of content. “What we’re often calling multitasking is in fact internet addiction. It’s a compulsive act, not an act of multitasking.” Conversely, multitasking sustains creativity. Switching between projects may help you to […]

Meet The Super Taskers

His findings put a new spin on memory lapses, suggesting they may often be due not to recall errors, but a failure to tune out distractions. Memory is a combination of focus and flow, both of bridge together during multi-tasking. That is, if you’re one of the 2 percent who’s a “Super Tasker.” You may […]