This excellent essay in The New York Times takes us on a journey of personal productivity. I’m a Getting Things Done guy. Capturing ideas and notes, sorting them, making to do lists. I even have an affiliate link to a GTD app called Nozbe on my site.

In this article, psychologist Adam Grant talks about attention, or lack thereof, as the culprit that steals your time.

And I admit, I fall prey to the seductions of things that steal my attention. You wonder what some word means. By the time you’re through chasing squirrels through Google, you’ve blown an embarrassing amount of time.

You do have to decide what the important thing is to work on. But then you must direct your attention to that problem and focus on the work.

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