We hear these days that time management is our biggest challenge. There’s just not enough time in the day to do all of the things we need to do. “If only I had more time…..”, is a phrase we hear all too often.
But is time really our biggest challenge? Or is it actually attention?
Let me explain.
All day long we’re bombarded by notifications. Our computer constantly pings as emails and Slack messages arrive. Our smartphones are going crazy in our pockets, and for those of us with smartwatches, they’re constantly buzzing, demanding our attention. What to do?!?
How we manage our time needs careful thought, yes, but the bigger challenge we have in today’s always-on world is how we manage where our attention goes. We can choose to control it , or let it control us.
So if you want to get more productive, then start thinking about where your attention goes. Do you really have to check your phone every few minutes? Or read and reply to those emails and messages as soon as they arrive?
What would happen if you didn’t, and you were able to give all of your attention to the task in front of you? I would bet that you start getting more done, and that time management becomes less of an issue.
I’m interested in your thoughts on this.