Get More Traction!

This message is simple, and it comes in response to a complaint I'm hearing too often. It goes something like this:

"I know what needs to be done, I'm busy putting in the effort, but it feels like the wheels are spinning. So many of the important things just aren't getting finished."

This frustrating condition has many potential causes, but it's often symptomatic of one thing: divided attention.

All our power goes where our attention goes!

When attention's divided, our power's diluted and we make less progress.

There are many ways to improve our power of attention, and to help those around us use their attention more effectively as well, but the first step is to simply acknowledge when it's gone missing in action.  

Notice what's captured it.

Gently bring it back to the task at hand.

Repeat as necessary.

Enjoy the productivity boost!