Here are four more ways to continue owning your attention and resisting distractions.
4. The Golden Rule Of Attention
This is the golden rule of attention: Interrupt Others as You’d Like to be Interrupted — which is never while you’re hard at work. Though we all like exchanging texts with loved ones, it often requires us to take off our work hats to put on relationship hats. It costs us time and confuses the mental “cues” we associate with our workspaces. Let your loved ones be fully present at work, then ask them to be fully present at home.
5. Fuel Your Focus
It turns out your teachers were right — at least when they told you to eat a good breakfast before tests. Our ability to properly focus takes a lot of mental energy. Protein in the morning will keeps our brains running far stronger for far longer. So stop skipping the meal and begin to feed your focus. It’s hungry.
6. Be A Screen Saver
The surest way to miss out on life is to spend it staring at a screen. So save it for later. Become a screen-saver. Don’t renounce your phone permanently — set a time every night when you agree to only check your phone if you get a call or text … and you only respond if it’s a pressing issue. My wife and I have 7-9pm set, with alarms to remind us.
How do you protect your attention while at work and at home?