11/19/2014 08:34 am ET Updated Nov 19, 2014

How To Concentrate When The World Intrudes

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“The world is too much with us,” Wordsworth lamented. And that was more than 200 years ago, when he didn’t have to contend with 24/7 cable, smartphone alerts and hyper-connectivity at every turn. Wordsworth was bemoaning materialism. But if he were alive today, he might be referring to what I call mental leakage.

This is the difficulty of concentrating in today's interruption culture.

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