Time and attention: THE soft skill of every knowledge worker

By | June 29, 2008

In his talk, Time and Attention, Merlin Mann talks about being conscious of what grabs your attention, negotiating requests for attention, and communicating organization culture around communication.

I enjoyed the part about defaults.  Simple tips for improving concentration:

  • Configure your email client to not notify you when an email arrives.
  • Configure your instant messenger to not notify you when anyone changes status.
  • Change your browser’s home page to be something simple, something that does not display recent news, quizzes, weather, traffic, recent emails in a personal email account, recent blog posts. I prefer the fastest-loading option: about:blank, and I use Firefox’s built-in search.
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I recently saw Merlin Mann speak at a OmniFocus meeting hosted by The Omni Group.

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