TASK: Attention Management – Map Your Day Pt 2

Child-written to do list
Photo by Liz Henry

What You Need:

  • Pen and Paper

Time – 10 minutes

Every job will have within it a range of tasks.

These will often range from making huge decisions about what to do and when to do it, through to updating contact information, filing things away or changing the printer cartridge.

> Make a list of all the tasks you complete on a typical day
> Decide whether each task requires proactive, active or inactive attention
> With the list created in the last task, it’s now possible to match tasks up with the most suitable area of the day.

Once you start to focus on your attention levels, you’ll start to realize that it’s a criminal waste to be changing the printer cartridge during a period of proactive attention. It’s like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, although in that moment it probably feels no different to when you change the printer cartridge at any other time.

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 7 Tips to Manage and Use Your Attention Wisely – Life Optimizer

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