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"Zerstreutheit" and the Attention Management Cure
Merlin Mann | Jun 13 2008
Linda Stone -- who coined the phrase "continuous partial attention" -- makes a thoughtful distinction between managing time and attention, deflating the misconception that making long lists and then overscheduling your day can be a bulwark against distractions, interruptions, and the crippling feeling of being overwhelmed.
In this recent blog entry from the Huffington Post, Stone talks about a pattern she's noticed from talking with people about how they think about and plan their day.
[HuffPo link via Boing Boing]
She also goes on to include some tips about managing attention and focusing on outcomes rather than just obsessing over building a long and un-doable list. Good post -- and a great reminder that time management has no prayer of working if it's not accompanied by even tighter attention management.
"Zerstreutheit." I love it when there's a German word for my problem.
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