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Why Leaders Are Focusing on Attention Management

Leaders always equate employee productivity with time. However, time cannot be held back, nor can it be rewound once those minutes pass. So, leaders nowadays are focusing on attention management. Dr. Rick Goodman shares this new concept with you on his blog, Dr. Rick Goodman’s Blog.

What Is Attention Management and How Different Is It from Time Management?

Attention management is making sure that you are giving attention to the critical tasks rather than spending your productivity in tasks that are of less importance or can be done at a later stage. Your manager will oversee how efficient and focused you are in sorting out task priorities and meeting the incoming deadlines. In an office environment, it is easy to get distracted by colleagues, meetings, loud noise, or WhatsApp pings. Sometimes, people carry over their personal baggage to the office and rewind it subconsciously while working. If you can focus on the tasks at hand despite all the distractions, you have successfully managed your attention span.

What About Time Management Then?

Time management is simply about how good you are with task planning. When manager assigns more than one task, it defines your ability to understand which tasks need to be prioritized and at what pace you must work to get those jobs done on time.

What Makes Attention Management Necessary?

You might have come across colleagues who never finish their work on time and constantly complain about unrealistic deadlines. Interestingly, they are quite active on all social networking platforms, even during office hours. This is where attention management comes in. It helps you to focus on managing the day by prioritizing critical asks and saving the time for socializing when work is done. Goodman shares a few tips to get your attention back on track:

  • Stay away from your smartphones when you enter the office. Check the work plan instead.
  • Categorize tasks based on criticality. Set the high-priority or creative tasks at the beginning of the day when your mind is still fresh.
  • Nobody can multi-task. When you start working on something, finish it off before going for others.
  • Take breaks in between tasks. Even a walk to the water dispenser can act as a refresher.

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