By Stephanie Ciccarelli
April 19, 2013
Most of us can relate to being distracted.
There's so much competing for our attention these days, especially if we are connected to social media.
I wouldn't be surprised if you are distracted right now and are fighting the urge to check email, put the coffee on (again) or make a status update.
Short attention spans, it would seem, have become commonplace.
Is there an antidote?
Find out in today's VOX Daily.
Sound bites, video clips and teensy weensy tweets seem to dominate the day, feeding into the notion that we as a people have short attention spans and therefore need to be catered to as such.
Living like this is overwhelming and takes away from the things that truly matter.
I'm going to go out on a limb here. What if there really isn't such a thing as a short attention span?
Regardless of age, I believe this speaks to us all:
"I no longer believe that a child has a short attention span. A child only has a short attention span when they're being forced to be engaged in something that doesn't have value to them." -Scottie May
When you ponder the statement above, you can see how this rings true.
Children, as well as grown adults, have the enormous capacity to focus when doing something they value and enjoy. When we perceive something to be relevant to our daily lives, it becomes valuable to us.
I believe we can reclaim our ability to focus for longer periods of time, even if some of our more prominent activities yield little enjoyment and delayed gratification.
One way to do this is through the objective prioritization of activities.
Try placing must do, urgent items at the top of your To Do list and then add less vital activities nearer the bottom. Doing so will help you strategically allocate your time and make it possible for you to prevail in your most important tasks. If you can find ways to make those important activities fun and highlight their relevancy, all the better!
In time, activities of lesser import will become less of a priority.
If those lesser priorities happen to be enjoyable, use them as a motivation to complete more important tasks and then reward yourself with fun, but lower priority activities like going on Facebook.
When we truly prioritize, we give the proper attention to the proper things at the proper time. No more multitasking! Insignificant things should not jeopardize what really matters.
Do you want to accomplish more in your day?
If you have any tips you'd like to share on how you put first things first, I'd love to hear them.
Comment now with your thoughts!
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