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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.

 

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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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    Linda Pickett 2 months ago
    I get hundreds of emails each day, most work related. For the ones that are not I took a few minutes to determine if I need to keep or unsubscribe. I unsubscribed from many and set rules for the few I kept to move to labels. If I do read them in a weeks time I will eliminate those as well. This summary was helpful to rid me of some distractions and rethink how I use my time.
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    Anand AA 2 months ago
    Useful summary. Helped to understand the concept and how it helps in our own scenario/situations.
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    Mario Montenegro 2 months ago
    Mindfulness! I didn’t know about the concept and the importance of this! ??????? Always remember to make a puase, to be aware of distractions and keep focused. Multitasking doesn’t work! Even with all the rush of today’s life it is possible to keep your mind clear and centered on the important things. It great to learn a simple methodology to begin, improve and best of all to exercise mindfulness. ? #getMotivated #getAbstract
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    Mario Montenegro 2 months ago
    Mindfulness! I didn’t know about the concept and the importance of this! ??????? Always remember to make a puase, to be aware of distractions and keep focused. Multitasking doesn’t work! Even with all the rush of today’s life it is possible to keep your mind clear and centered on the important things. It great to learn a simple methodology to begin, improve and best of all to exercise mindfulness. ? #getMotivated #getAbstract
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    Job Jansen 2 months ago
    Good advice and useful summary.
    It is not an easy task to handle distractions. But it is worth trying.
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    Natalie Cossar 2 months ago
    Useful advice, though often difficult to implement in real life.
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    Gboyega Olorunfemi 2 months ago
    To stay one second ahead, give each distraction just “one second’s” time mindfully. I also agreed with the trio (Rasmus, Jacquelin and Gillian)that today, technology is pervasively distracting, Multitasking is inefficient and leads to mistakes.

    The trio preached Mindfulness which depends on “trained attention” meaning: managing your focus, improving your awareness and sharpening your vision. Beyond this, the challenge will remain in the commitment to obey the rules of mindfulness to discern which of the three options provided by the authors to follow.

    I know some people’s routine depends on how fast they check their e-mails. You must be sensitive to your work ethics and environment and pitch your tent with what works for you. Using the proposed techniques comes handy with priority. The Ribur Rinpoche example elicits self-determination, perseverance and discipline

    The reading challenge has yet motivated and taught me the ability to change things daringly, influenced my story telling skills and leadership strategies and being mindful of distraction has been copiously enhanced. At first I was a bit sluggish but I have been highly motivated by the great work put together by the getabstract team. Participating in the challenge for me is refreshing, exciting and insightful. Thank you#getMotivated #readingchallenge #getAbstract
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    Ines Hedenus 5 months 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