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Why Time Management is So Yesterday


Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.: Fri, Apr 19th 2013

apple watchEarlier I wrote a blog on self control and compared it to a muscle, needing to be worked out to gain strength. In this day and age, time management isn't even close to as important as attention management. This post will give you a short exercise to work the attention management muscle to be able to come back to it again and again in the face of massive distraction. 

How do we exercise this muscle of attention management? Many of you who have been following my blogs know I am a big fan of mindfulness practices. These practices are extremely practical in working the muscle of attention management and at the same time giving you the gift of greater self awareness of how your mind and body keeps you stuck in stress, anxiety, depression, or bad habits. Also, for many, doing these practices provide a sense of peace and calm during a very hectic day.

Give this 2-minute practice a shot right now.

Instead of doing more things faster, we need to learn how to do the most important things really well. That is the key to being effective in today's day and age. So the issue isn't how to manage your time, the issue is more about managing your attention with the most important things in work and life.

The stickler is that it actually takes practice. But you can turn anything into a practice. 

Just like the 2-minute exercise above, you can turn your email into a meditation. In The Now Effect you’ll read that email can be used as an object of attention for 15, 20 or 30 minutes and when your mind wanders, you just note what you’re thinking about and gently bring it back to email. You do this again and again. 

Give this attention training a shot for a week or so, integrate it as an exercise into other things in your life that you plan on paying attention to for a period of time. 

Treat it as an experiment and see what you notice. 

As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from. 

 

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Workô program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

Check out Dr. Goldstein's acclaimed CD's on Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and RelapsePrevention, and Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work. -- "They are so relevant, I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients" ~ Psychiatrist.

If you're wanting to integrate more mindfulness into your daily life, sign up for his Mindful Living Twitter Feed. Dr. Goldstein is also available for private psychotherapy.

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