Mr. Priou wrote an excellent article on LinkedIn regarding attention management. In the professional world as well as throughout our society bombarded with sensory stimulation, attention management has become increasingly difficult.
Ayurveda teaches us to keep in touch with nature and its rhythms. Become aware of the present moment, smells, colors, wind on the skin, what we are doing now calms the mind and makes all work or activity more efficient.
What matters is not so much the length of time we devote to our actions, but the attention we pay when we do it. In other words, it is better to spend a quarter of an hour in a true listening to his interlocutor than an hour with the spirit twirling.
The first level of priority management is to focus on tasks that bring real value and not get lost in futile activities. In a nutshell: choose the best thing to do. The 2nd level consists in choosing the right state of mind with which to act.
Our attention is a skill to develop as well as spelling or mastery of English. The more information sharing tools are developed, the more we must learn to remain master of our mind: where do I decide to direct my thoughts? It is not the external environment that must grab me as the light attracts insects, it is up to me to decide in conscience where I place my attention.
Studies conducted by Microsoft researchers have shown that our focusing attention melts like snow in the sun. It went from 12 to 8 seconds with the arrival of new digital tools in the 2000s. Infobesity, social networks and smartphones fragment our minds. It is becoming less and less natural to remain quietly concentrated on a subject. Some even become addicts to the solicitation: frantic consultation of his phone to track a sms, verification of the evolution of the likes on facebook ... This hypersensitivity outdoors represents what is called exogenous attention.
How to muscle the other kind of attention, endogenous attention?
Here is a training program for this summer:
1- Practice single-centered activities
As Christophe André says in his excellent work on mindfulness, activities "nothing but". Nothing but lunch without watching his smartphone, his TV, a magazine, his agenda ... Just walking without telephoning. Just store his office without checking his mails, read a mail ...
To occupy his mind in these monoactivities, one can concentrate on his sensations. This helps to densify the lived experience and the effect is very beneficial to our mind.
2- Step aside
Do not chain the different phases of his day just one after another. Think about taking time to pause for the mind. This break can be an opportunity to do a cardiac coherence exercise, breathing is a great way to pacify our thoughts and regain a clear mind, much like a lake whose waters would calm down and whose particles would settle to the bottom . These breaks are essential to direct one's attention within oneself and regain control of one's mind. It comes down to getting out of the playing field and putting oneself on the side to see the world (including us) with a better perspective.
3- Reconnect to your body
The more our mind disperses with the will of multiple thoughts, the more we cut ourselves off from the corporeal dimension. To sharpen his attention, we can regularly take the pulse of our inner feel. For example, it is necessary to make a tour of his visual, auditory and kinesthetic sensations. One can also scan the different parts of his body and assess the level of tension felt each time. In important phases of decisions or relationships, one can listen to how the body reacts because it is directly connected to our unconscious. He thus presents the precious advantage of not lying. Refocusing on one's body helps stabilize the mind as an anchor stabilizes a boat in a rough sea.