April 8, 2019

Productivity Isn’t About Time Management. It’s About Attention Management.

Adam Grant on the nytimes.com:

A better option is attention management: Prioritize the people and projects that matter, and it won’t matter how long anything takes.

​Which sound very kumbaya, but when carefully defined it becomes a bit more defendable in real life:

Attention management is the art of focusing on getting things done for the right reasons, in the right places and at the right moments.

And the money quote for me:

If you’re trying to be more productive, don’t analyze how you spend your time. Pay attention to what consumes your attention.

This last one made me pause, I’m deep into the if you don’t measure it, it doesn’t exist camp, and tracking what you’re up to is a given. But this suggest that should put more effort into where you attention wanders towards… a mindfulness concept that I can buy into.

I love articles like these which make me question my current truths. Will probably digest for a few more weeks, but it’s to bookmarked to reread in a few months. ​

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