Attention: How To Be More Productive



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A lot depend on your decision on what you want your attention on. You attention defines your action and that in turn defines your results. So place a close attention on what you place your attention on.

Attention Worthiness

What are the things that worth your attention. We can give a number to it. That how much attention is needed on anything?


Let’s consider some potential concerns.


On a scale of 1-3, make a quick rating of how attention-worthy each concern is for you (see list below).


1 = unworthy of your attention

2 = somewhat worthy of your attention

3 = very worthy of your attention

This is a list. This list is not complete or anything it just to help you to think list of your own.

  • Your favorite TV show(s)
  • Astrophysics
  • Government
  • National/global news
  • Local news
  • Your neighborhood
  • Your home
  • Your job
  • Your income
  • Your best friend
  • Your boss
  • Your parents
  • Your family
  • The economy
  • Facebook
  • Productivity
  • Your nighttime dreams
  • Your goals
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Movies
  • Gossip about people you know
  • Email
  • Twitter
  • The latest software
  • Income taxes
  • Your net worth
  • Your weight
  • Your physical appearance
  • Your wardrobe
  • Your primary relationship partner
  • Meditation
  • Physical exercise
  • Reading non-fiction
  • Reading fiction
  • Music
  • Art
  • Travel
  • Fine dining
  • Cooking
  • Smoking
  • Doing drugs
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Conspiracy theories
  • Healthy eating
  • Forming positive habits
  • Overcoming addictions
  • Making money
  • Protecting the environment
  • Cleaning
  • Being organized
  • Personal hygiene
  • Dating
  • Going to bars or night clubs
  • Theater
  • Dancing
  • Sex
  • Marriage
  • Having kids
  • Parenting
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Biology
  • Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Stocks
  • Real estate
  • Investing
  • Farming
  • Coffee
  • Geography
  • Learning other languages
  • Writing
  • Internet marketing
  • Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Video games
  • Gambling
  • Technology
  • Computer programming
  • Entertainment
  • Education
  • National debt
  • The military
  • Personal growth
  • Psychic development
  • Your emotions
  • Being in nature
  • Developing new skills
  • Science fiction
  • Your next promotion
  • Public speaking
  • Attending conferences


Print out this list then add and subtract items that you think are important or not important to you. Then give a number rating to it.

After you have done that look at all the things that take most of your attention. Ascertain that the things that take most of your time are the things that are taking you word your goal or not.




What are the consequences of giving an item your attention vs. withholding your attention? What are you getting or losing from your choice of your actions.




In addition to consequences, also consider the degree of control you have over a particular concern.

What kind of control you have over your situation, as old saying…

The Buddhist proverb on worrying:


“If you have a problem that can be fixed, then there is no use in worrying. If you have a problem that cannot be fixed, then there is no use in worrying.” – Buddhist proverb


The Zen saying on worrying:


“If the problem has a solution, worrying is pointless, in the end the problem will be solved. If the problem has no solution, there is no reason to worry, because it can’t be solved.” – Zen saying

So put your attention on things that you can change or control at the place of things that are out of your control.

Published by Piyush Tada

Piyush Tada is a Finance Graduate with a interest in personality development. Like to read , watch movies and share what he learn.