I came across this NT Times article link, as posted by Stoye Bowd originally here. It links very closely with the idea of Mindfulness which I have been learning about now for the past 3-4 months. It’s an ongoing process, and also links well with what Col recently said at the Ergo blog. Many links, but great reading.
I think in business and life in general we need to be more aware of how we use our time…not in the normal sense (i.e – the Time is Money idiom so prevalent as eluded to in the Stowe Boyd link), but in the sense of how we focus our thinking and self to be more in the current time. This paragraph was especially relevant…
“Studies have shown the alarming extent of the problem: office workers are no longer able to stay focused on one specific task for more than about three minutes, which means a great loss of productivity. The misguided notion that time is money actually costs us money.”
I am surprised it is as high as 3 minutes. Especially in open offices. Sometimes, I think that environment can render the brains thinking process into something like this…We need to think constantly about, well, our thinking!