Thursday, September 6, 2018
One of the most important aspects of being an effective learner is attention focusing. Short-term memory has only about 4 to 7 slots, and an effective learner focuses her attention on the task at hand. Chris Bailey has just published a self-help book on attention focusing for a popular audience: Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction (2018).
From the New York Times:
"'Hyperfocus' teaches readers to control their limited capacity to focus on and process things in the moment, which he calls our 'attentional space.' It turns out our brain’s scratchpad is pretty small and can only hold a handful of tasks at a time. When one of those tasks is complex — like putting together a business proposal or taking care of a toddler — that number dwindles down to one or two."