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A barrage of information, data, advertising, commercials, emails, text messages, voice mails and other interruptions blasts away at you every waking minute. Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter and Gillian Coutts believe you can tame the cacophony in short order. The secret to dealing with life’s interruptions is incredibly simple: Give each distraction just “one second’s” time, mindfully. Many companies turn to mindfulness to help their workers become more attentive and less distracted, including Microsoft, Accenture, Nike, American Express, General Electric, Google, Sony, KLM and Royal Bank of Canada. getAbstract recommends this useful, compact mindfulness program to busy executives, managers and workers, and to those seeking to reclaim their attention from the onslaught of daily distractions.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why multitasking doesn’t work,
  • How mindfulness counteracts distractions and interruptions, and
  • How to learn and apply mindfulness.

About the Authors

Rasmus Hougaard is an authority on training the mind to be more focused and effective. Jacqueline Carter has consulting and management experience; and Gillian Coutts is expert in corporate sales and operations functions.



Focus at Work
In the past, workers could focus more easiliy. Today, technology is pervasively distracting. Employees must be constantly alert to interruptions, phone calls, emails, text messages and deadlines. Modern, burdensome “PAID reality” – which encompasses “Pressure,” “Always” being...

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    Ines Hedenus 1 month ago
    good food for thought and some good suggestions. I'm not keen on the statement 'we get distracted from work.... ' emails, IM; etc is part of my work!! that is how I keep up to date.
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    Anonymous 1 year ago
    Relax & think about distactions slowly

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