I read somewhere recently that our average attention span is now less than a goldfish. Many of my coaching clients struggle with high workloads and mass distraction. It can make a mockery of priorities because distraction is the enemy of focus. Here are some approaches to help you get the right things done and feel better too.

I’ve written before about our attitude to time and the impact of an imbalance between past, present, and future focus. Living in the present is very much to do with attention. So, the key is to shift from time management to time leadership. That means taking control through better self-management. Managing yourself is about choices and alignment – what we choose to pay attention to in the direction of our goal.

Paying attention

Here are four common states of attention and ways of shifting or enhancing them:

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