Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Focus and Be More Productive on the Job

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Focus and Be More Productive on the Job

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You know the problem- distractions, interruptions, texting under the table at meetings and feeling frustrated that you can't get everything done well and on time. This is the modern context in which most of us work, and it's taking a toll on our ability to perform.

Dr. Edward Hallowell, the foremost expert on attention and focus and the author of 20 books, including CrazyBusy, has written a wonderful new book, Driven to Distraction at Work, in which he creates practical solutions for the problems of distraction and overload in the modern workplace.

He urges us to cultivate a state of mind he calls "flexible focus," and he provides insightful, concrete, research-based suggestions to better manage your life, your business and your relationships.

"This book will teach you to work smarter, not harder," says Dr. Hallowell.

In Part I, he identifies six of the most common ways people lose focus at work. He explains the psychological and emotional dynamics driving each behavior and provides techniques, tips and takeaways to help you rise above the chaos, find focus and achieve your goals. …

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