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One Thing at a Time, Please

The biggest cost — assuming you don’t crash — is to your productivity. In part, that’s a simple consequence of splitting your attention, so that you’re partially engaged in multiple activities but rarely fully engaged in any one.

March 14, 2012 · 2 Comments

Essentials vs. Baggage

As you move along in life, you need focus to succeed and thrive. The notion of a packing list for your life’s journey could apply not only to your professional life, but to other parts of your life as well. Business thinker Brian Tolle outlines the essentials, reblogged below.

To stretch the metaphor—we’d ask you to think about the difference between your essentials and your unnecessary baggage? What do you really need and what can you leave behind? Let us know in comments!

February 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Focus Your Brain

We’ve been thinking a lot about the brain lately, and we’re not the only ones. Big Think blogger Megan Erickson interviewed Margaret Moore, founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital for the piece “Life’s Messy. Train Your Brain to Adapt.”

February 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Limit Dashboard Distractions

How much stuff do you really need to do while you’re driving? Answer a phone call? Get directions? Eat a sandwich, watch a movie, reply to a text—maybe all at once? No problem! <-sarcasm.

We’ve written about this before and finally, it is dawning on car makers that all these distractions might be a bad thing.

Let’s see what happens to dashboards after a multi-million-dollar lawsuit when someone claims that car makers have liability for an accident or injury caused by a distracted driver.

February 17, 2012 · Leave a comment


there is a growing new tactic for countering the data assault: the addition of a second computer screen. Or a third.

February 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

Overeating Reduces Memory, Focus

Older people who consumed more than 2,143 calories a day had more than double the risk of a type of memory loss called mild cognitive impairment compared to those who ate fewer than 1,500 calories a day, according to a study being released Sunday by the American Academy of Neurology on its website ( by Yonas Geda, lead author of the study and a neuropsychiatrist at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

February 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

Your Better Brain — Exercise!

“Aerobic exercise improves ability to coordinate multiple things, long-term planning and your ability to stay on task for extended periods,” she said. Resistance training, which is much less studied than the aerobic side of things, “improves your ability to focus amid distracters.”

February 13, 2012 · 1 Comment