We want to be more productive. Does that mean we need to be busy all the time? Does it mean we need to work on our time management skills?
Thomas argues distraction is our greatest issue when it comes to productivity. Modern technology devices and social media are designed to steal our attention. She shows how our attention is sidetracked then gives practical suggestions for managing our attention by controlling our technology, our environment, our habits, and our thoughts.
This book contained some surprises for me. Thomas points out that we have lost the art of day dreaming, for example. We always have a screen in front of us, even when walking from place to place. The innovative ideas that would come from day dreaming are lost when we are so distracted. Also, being busy is not necessarily being productive. Always checking that pop up notice steals our focus and concentration. No wonder it takes longer to get that project completed.
Thomas provides good practical and strategic suggestions for eliminating distractions and regaining focus. There are also many resources available on her website, the addresses given in the book.
This is a good book for those who want to be deliberate in regaining their focus and productivity. Old time management methods just don't work any more. This book will get you on the right path toward regaining control of your life.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Maura Nevel Thomas is an award winning international speaker, trainer, and author on individual and corporate productivity and work-life balance, as well as the most widely cited authority on attention management. She has an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and has studied the field of productivity for more than two decades. You can find out more at https://maurathomas.com/ .
Sourcebooks, 136 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Zilker Media. My comments are an independent and honest review.