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Personal Productivity Secrets: Do what you never thought possible with your time and attention... and regain control of your life by Maura Nevel Thomas

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Chapter 2

Changing Your Mind: Attention Management

In This Chapter

  • Focusing on the real problem
  • Taking control
  • Analyzing your habits
  • Changing behaviors
  • Discovering your starting point
  • The big picture versus the details
  • Getting real

In Chapter 1 you learned about external distractions and internal distractions. These are two big challenges to managing and controlling your attention so that you can be “productive” in the sense of the relevant definition of “achieving or producing significant results.” External distractions are the constant demands on your attention created by other people and technology. Internal distractions are the mental gymnastics you do on a daily basis to stay on top of all the necessary details that enable your life to run smoothly.

The process is the secret to using any tool successfully.

The solution to successfully managing internal distractions is the Empowered Productivity™ System methodology (explained in Section 2), plus the efficient use of the right set of tools (discussed in Sections 2 and 3) for capturing, storing, and controlling all the details necessary to manage your busy life. Combining the right tools with the right process for using them successfully will keep you organized, in control, and productive.

If you plan to follow along with implementation, in addition to using this book as reference, you can immediately begin using what you learn. For extra support along the way, consider registering for the free Empowered Productivity System ...

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