How is your attention span?

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality”  George Lucas

I’ve been thinking about my attention span since noticing how scattered my focus can be some days.  With everything just a click away, it’s easy to be distracted by a lot of  “stuff”.    A study by Microsoft showed that we actually have the attention span of a goldfish… about 8 seconds.   I guess that means I’m already loosing you …..

Did you ever get up in the morning and decide to look at the news or check email?   Before you know it, you’re in the rabbit hole clicking “next” to  you wont believe what Bridget Bardot looks like today“…. Usually I never make it to the subject in question as I get sidetracked by all of the other crap stories.   Our devices and connections are very useful but they can make it challenging to focus on what we intend or want to do.

“Where the attention goes the energy flows”   I believe this is true.  If I focus on what’s important to me I’ll be more likely to get it.  We have a tendency to give our attention to things that are out of our control or those things that we can’t change.  Quantum Physics says that we are all energy.   It makes sense that what we choose to give our energy to, will grow.

According to Susan Perry PHD, who writes for  “Creating the flow blog” in Psychology today its all in our brains.  In order to focus, we utilize the thinking part of our brain understand the information concentrate on one aspect of it.   When we are actually “in the zone” we do not pay attention to all of the other things around us…. until…the emotional, survival, part of our brain comes in to say…”hey whats that noise”, or “whats for dinner?” ..  And when we get distracted it can take 25 minutes to get back in the groove.  

How do we pay attention to the people and things that are most important?  There is a lot  of research that proves things like sleep, physical exercise, hydration, background music and physical temperature all have a big impact. In addition, a few things that might help:IMG_4524

  1. Notice the best space or time of day that works for you to focus on what you want.  This is important for tasks as well as for being with or talking with someone.
  2. Turn of distractions such as texts, emails or  tv.  This will help whether we are doing a project or being with our spouse, children or friends.
  3. Know what you want to achieve over the next day, week or year and write it down.

What do you notice about your attention or ability to focus on the things that are important to you?

Have you found any strategies that work best?

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“When we reach the end of our days, our life experience will equal what we have paid attention to, whether by choice or default. We are at risk, without quite fully realizing it, of living lives that are less our own than we imagine.  William James

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One comment

  • Steve

    Good advice

    June 7, 2018

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