Now more than ever we need to reinsert the boundaries in our lives between work and home so that when we are working, we are fully engaged in our work and when we are not working we are fully disengaged.
No sooner had I sat down to write this article than I felt myself dawdling. First, I checked to make sure I had no new emails. Then, I looked at my phone to see if anyone had sent me a message. Next, I remembered that the office heater was leaking, and decided I needed to call the plumber immedia. . .
For many of the clients I work with, the type of absorbed creative focus available to the typical preschooler, armed with a box of crayons, is rare to say the least. They flit from task to task. When they do focus deeply, it's in order to work tactically—that is, narrowly.
The brain’s craving for novelty, constant stimulation and immediate gratification creates something called a “compulsion loop.” Like lab rats and drug addicts, we need more and more to get the same effect.
At the risk of losing all credibility, I believe our attention crisis has reached a new Defcon level.