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5 Things to Help Millennials Take Back Their Lives

Nina Friend | Posted 06.27.2014 | College
Nina Friend

What is it about millennials that makes us constantly forge happiness? I have faith in my generation. If we believe that we can break free from social media mania and adjust our lifestyles to reflect authenticity instead of deceit, we might be able to admit that life is not perfect.

Mardi Gras and Multitasking: More in Common Than It Seems

David Ropeik | Posted 05.04.2014 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

We ought to worry what the constant cognitive Mardi Gras of our über-connected/multitasking existence is doing to our social and intellectual health, to our decision making, and even literally to our safety.

Kids, Tech and Those Shrinking Attention Spans

Diana Graber | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Diana Graber

It's convenient for those of us who can remember a time when there were no distracting digital devices clamoring for our attention to place the blame for shortened attention spans squarely on the shoulders of technology. But that doesn't really get us anywhere, does it?

The Responsiveness Advantage for Salespeople

Rajesh Setty | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Rajesh Setty

The scarcest commodity today is mindshare. With the rise of social media, social networks and the smart phones, it is not surprising that "attention...

This Simple Desk Addition Will Unlock Your Productivity

Posted 11.22.2013 | HuffPost Home

Cabin fever is creeping in, bringing with it all manner of winter ills, including colds, boredom and lack of productivity. But an ongoing body of rese...

Our Attention Spans Are Dwindling, And It's A Big Problem (NEW BOOK)

Posted 10.24.2013 | Books

The following is an excerpt from Daniel Goleman's new book, "Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence." Today’s children are growing up in a new re...

Why I'm Good For Only 90 Minutes At A Time

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 08.21.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

It's the season of dance and piano recitals, of high school and college graduations, of award ceremonies, of endless summer little league games. We are busy with celebrations, installations, lectures, plays, meetings, seminars, dinners. But why, for goodness sakes, does everything have to be so long?

An ADDers's Very Quick Guide to Fiction You May Want to Avoid

Tom Alderman | Posted 08.04.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

For many of us ADDers, if a book doesn't grab hold within the first few minutes, we're gone. Therefore, as a public service, here are some titles you may be tempted to pick up, but do not meet our shorter attention span criteria

Why Google's Idea to Get Technology 'Out of the Way' Is Short-Sighted

Maggie Jackson | Posted 07.26.2013 | Technology
Maggie Jackson

Today, the popular idea that our devices should fade into the background -- exemplified by Google's aim to get technology 'out of the way' via its Google Glass -- is alarming. If technology becomes invisible to us, we risk losing sight of how it shapes us, for good and for ill.

Professional and Living With ADHD: Ask Noah

Noah Kass | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Noah Kass

Q: "At 31, I've just been officially diagnosed with adult ADHD, which is not surprising at all. My doctor thinks I've gone undiagnosed my whole life. I believe having my temperament and sensitivity, although not easy in my business, has made me successful."

How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Work

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 02.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

Pausing is an introductory mindfulness practice, but it offers a feasible and practical technique with which to start. Over time, training attention and awareness enhance cognitive functioning and contribute to emotional balance.

The Secret to Helping Your Kids Study Without Distractions

Dr. Larry Rosen | Posted 01.09.2013 | Parents
Dr. Larry Rosen

Our study found that if a student checked Facebook just once during the 15-minute study period, he or she had a lower GPA.

A Summer Reading List to Die For

Mark Morford | Posted 08.20.2012 | Books
Mark Morford

Do you have a summer reading list? My list is, strangely, almost identical to the reading list I had last summer. Which is similar to the one from the year before, and the year before, and so on, all the way back to something like, oh, 2002.

Focus: 6 Tips To Improve Your Ability To Pay Attention

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

During a typical day, your attention goes through many gradations as white does on its way to black and back. Genetics influence attention, and you can't control that, but with work you can keep attention where you want it most of the time.

Focus: 6 Tips To Improve Your Ability To Pay Attention

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

During a typical day, your attention goes through many gradations as white does on its way to black and back. Genetics influence attention, and you can't control that, but with work you can keep attention where you want it most of the time.

Are We the Meat and Potatoes Generation?

Meghan Waitzer | Posted 08.01.2012 | Teen
Meghan Waitzer

Our attention spans are becoming shorter. I personally find it difficult to sit through a two-hour movie that has a lot of character development -- I'm always wondering when they'll get to the point.

Students Are Bored

Larry Strauss | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

A former student of mine, now a police officer and a volunteer assistant basketball coach, disappeared a few seasons ago for several months. He was assigned suddenly by narcotics to go undercover in a local high school.

Staying Whole in a Fractured World

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Holly Robinson

You know that panicky feeling you get when you drop your briefcase or purse and everything spills out in public? That's how I used to feel every day: embarrassed, furious and anxious because I couldn't keep up with my life.

Attention Span Plan

Colin Curran | Posted 12.17.2011 | Home
Colin Curran

My mind starts to wander and the thoughts become a lot more random. What would happen if zombies invaded Water Works, or if the moon suddenly exploded? What would I do for a Klondike bar?

In The Age of Distraction, We Need One Thing More Than Ever: Books

Johann Hari | Posted 08.23.2011 | Books
Johann Hari

Here's the function that the book -- the paper book that doesn't beep or flash or link or let you watch a thousand videos all at once -- does for you that nothing else will: It gives you the capacity for deep, linear concentration.

Take Back Your Attention

Tony Schwartz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tony Schwartz

Something insidious has happened. The same device most of us use to get our primary work accomplished is also now the repository of 1,000 distractions and every imaginable source of immediate gratification.

Designing Your Mind

Don Tapscott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Don Tapscott

Why don't the schools and universities teach design thinking for thinking? We teach physical fitness. But rather than brain fitness we emphasize cramming young heads with information and testing their recall.

New York Times Cover Story on "Growing Up Digital" Misses the Mark

Don Tapscott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Don Tapscott

Rather than kids losing their attention spans there is a stronger case to be made that growing up digital is equipping today's youth with the mental skills that they'll need to deal with today's overflow of information.

Studying Technology's Influence On The Brain, Scientists Discover Solitude On The River Never Hurts

New York Times | Matt Richtel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Utah -- Todd Braver emerges from a tent nestled against the canyon wall. He has a slight tan, except for a slim ...

Is Multitasking Making You Stupid?

Joe Robinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joe Robinson

The ability to direct attention is a skill critical to anything you want to succeed at--work, relationships and especially life. Unfortunately, your attention span is not what it used to be.