Rediscovering Productivity Through Attention Management

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The digital revolution changed work as we know it. Computers fit in our pockets, and the office walls have been torn down, literally, to create more collaborative open spaces. With our current technology, “at work” is wherever we happen to be. You’d think this would help, but it’s only made things more complicated, and people are struggling even more with getting important work done.

For as long as we can remember, productivity has been framed around “time management.” We’re not far off from the era when a day planner with a page of to-dos was our primary tool. But in this age of distraction, time management is dead. No matter how much you block out your calendar, your smartphone and email are always alerting you to something new that demands your attention. Distraction is the norm. And yes, we’re distracted from work, but that isn’t even the most challenging part of the problem: we’re getting distracted from really important work by more work!

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