The Gift of Full Attention

In today’s world of technology we often slide into the slippery slope of too much multitasking,  not enough granting of our full attention. Paying attention means consciously making good choices to focus solely on the task at hand.

Being a single tasker can bring lots of pleasure to your day as well as prevent accidents, misunderstandings and mistakes.

Here is a list of things to consider not doing:

  • Driving and talking on the cell phone
  • Reading email and eating
  • Playing with your children and talking on the phone
  • Working with a client or on an assignment and checking email or text messages
  • Reading emails while we are on the phone (other than while being “on hold” or collaborating on the e-mail)
  • Walking the dog and talking on the cell phone

Being fully present in many of your daily actions is a gift. Give your gift of full attention to the things that count.

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One response to “The Gift of Full Attention

  1. Fred

    Terry makes a good point with her several examples of how not to multitask so that we can give a single task our full attention. I think the one activity that helps us slow down and focus on a single task is the old-fashioned task of reading a book, especially a Victorian or classical one. I’m reading Emma by Jane Austin right now; it is delightful but I must give it my full attention due to the intricate language. This is good practice in the general art of becoming more strongly inwardly connected with our “inner voices” or intuition. When we become more in tune with ourselves we can gain insights that come from being single taskers. The new cell phones and texting devices seem to have a compulsive obsessive appeal. I don’t own one but it seems others are perpetually checking the devices. I sat next to a young lady at a business luncheon recently and she pulled it out the texting device every 5 minutes like she couldn’t help herself. On a positive note, she was building strong thumbs from my observation, as they were going at lightening speed in the texting activity. We need to slow down and not let this frenetic pace of multitasking overwhelm us, such as through engaging in activities like reading books that intrinsically balance us by slowing us down and with a focused single task.

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