My new book, Attention Management: How To Create Success And Gain Productivity – EVERY DAY, launched in early September. Since then, there has been a whirlwind of media events, such as podcasts, and TV, radio, and print interviews. I’ve had a busy fall, and it’s only October!
I love sharing the idea of attention management in my speaking engagements, training, and writing. After all, the more of us who practice it, the more the culture changes and the less frantic and stressful our lives become. I’m excited about the media attention the topic and the book are getting. I thought I would share some of these interviews with you.
I’m honored to write that my book was listed in an article in Entrepreneur titled, “7 Books to Help Entrepreneurs Get More Done,’ along with some great books by colleagues, like Deep Work by Cal Newport. You can find that list here.
Attention Management is the Key to Managing Distractions
In my recent interview for Forbes, I talked about distraction with Rodger Dean Duncan. I discussed how time management is failing us and what I call the “Productivity Paradox,” and why attention management offers the fix for both. I also raised the issue of distraction as a habit. Check it out to see if it’s a habit that you have. If so, it’s probably undermining your performance, presence, and flow.
And speaking of Dr. Duncan, I’m so excited that my prior interview with him made it into his latest book, Leadership Volume 2: Workplace, Career, and Life Advice from Today’s Top Thought Leaders. What a thrill to be included with experts I’ve admired for years like Ken Blanchard and Dorie Clark.
Attention Management is the Practice of a Collection of Behaviors
On Thom Singer’s podcast, “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do,” I discussed that “attention management” is not a single action. It is actually the practice of a collective group of behaviors, some that you can consciously control and some that you have to train your brain to enter. Thom asked some thoughtful questions on the podcast, which gave me an opportunity to offer several actionable ideas from my book.
Managing Attention to Deal with Stress and Exhaustion
I also had a great conversation with Steve Harper on The Ripple Effect Podcast. We talked about managing attention to help deal with stress, exhaustion, and the erosion of personal time, and how our “always-on” society makes demands on us constantly, with ever-present messages, emails, and social media. We discussed how attention management allows you to strengthen your connections with others, which is what Steve’s work is all about.
Unlike Time Management, Attention Management is Built for Our Digital Age
Are you curious about the difference between time management and attention management? If so, check out the short segment I did for Austin’s local ABC affiliate, KVUE, where I talked about cultivating the ability to be more proactive than reactive.
As the book and the concept of attention management gain traction, I’m looking forward to spreading the word in even more media outlets, including the Go-Giver Podcast with Bob Burg, the Intelligence for Your Life podcast on the John Tesh network, and upcoming articles in Harvard Business Review and elsewhere. If you didn’t get an email about this article, you can sign up to be notified here when those go live.
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