I have to admit I found another excellent article by Amy Morin this morning. I’ve mentioned her before. She’s the author of the USA TODAY bestseller, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Do. She titled today’s post “7 Ways Productive People Stay Focused.” Although Ms. Morin doesn’t do the research herself, she sure has a knack for finding the most important (and interesting) findings. For example, in this article, she cites a study at Microsoft that found that the average attention span in 2000 was 12 seconds, while the average attention span in 2013 was 8 seconds. Attention span is the amount of time that passes before you become distracted. Incidentally, the attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds, so… .
There isn’t a whole lot you can do about this, because that’s just how our brains work. Through the ages, our brains became very good at recognizing what is new and unexpected, because new and unexpected could signal something dangerous. If you didn’t attend, the consequences could be fatal. So, while it was good to focus on what you were doing, it was even more important to be aware of what was going on around you, because some of those things could kill you.
Ms. Morin then provides seven things we can do to stay focused:
You can read Ms. Morin’s article here.