Synopses & Reviews
Where did my day go? How did it get so late?
I feel like I'm being pulled in too many directions at once.
If only there were two of me, I could get it all done.
If this is you at the end of the day, you are not alone. Millions of people deal with these same frustrations in today's world of endless distraction.
Let's face it: We all live on the edge of being overwhelmed, and old ways of paying attention just don't work anymore. When you get more than three thousand advertising messages and hundreds of emails every day, it's no wonder you feel like you're constantly fighting distraction. What is the secret -- known to a select group of high achievers, including Olympic athletes -- to finding your focus zone? The key is managing adrenaline. Too much and you're overstimulated; too little and you're not stimulated enough. Now you, too, can learn the same methods that high performers use.
In Find Your Focus Zone, psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino, PhD, gives you eight sets of keys to unlock your best attention so that you can concentrate in every situation -- even when you're under pressure or facing dull tasks that must be done. You'll choose which key solutions and strategies work best for you and use them to create your own personal keychain for daily achievement and success. The skills you learn in Find Your Focus Zone will help you to
- Beat procrastination and face boring jobs
- Overcome obstacles and finish what you start
- Prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed and burned out
- Build balance and trust in your work and family relationships
- Enhance your self-confidence
- Use interruptions to your advantage
- Tune out distractions to increase your efficiency and effectiveness
Dr. Palladino is the first to explain the science of attention in plain language. As she teaches you cutting-edge concepts and methods to win the fight against distraction and overload, she highlights them with engaging stories, easy exercises, and useful tips.
With the individualized program that Dr. Palladino prescribes for your particular needs, you'll learn not only how to find your focus zone, but also how to boost your personal productivity by applying these attention skills, self-encouragement practices, and strengths. And by learning to flex your attention
muscle, you'll avoid the dangers of distraction and boredom, like missing deadlines, disappointing your family, and feeling scattered and ineffective.
A book for anyone who struggles to cut through the noise of everyday life, Find Your Focus Zone gives you the tools you need to succeed in today's digital world of distraction. Warm, practical, and user-friendly, with innovative techniques and a powerful message, it's just what the doctor ordered.
"Lucy Jo Palladino has done it again! This is a truly remarkable, insightful, and useful guide to optimizing both your life and your performance. Buy several copies, as you'll keep thinking of people you want to share it with while you're reading it!"
-- Thom Hartmann, author of Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception
"With technology exploding, the single biggest productivity challenge workers face is the ability to focus on a single task long enough to see it through to completion. Find Your Focus Zone
is a seminal work in the science of attention and a must-read for every distracted professional. Focus is power."
-- Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, "The Productivity Pro®," author of Leave the Office Earlier and Find More Time
"In this age of digital distractions we all need strategies and tools to help us choose where to place our attention and how to stay focused on the really important stuff that makes life meaningful. Dr. Lucy Jo Palladino's Find Your Focus Zone
offers that help in a book that is both insightful and accessible. I highly recommend Find Your Focus Zone."
-- Neil Fiore, PhD, author of Awaken Your Strongest Self and The Now Habit
"Find Your Focus Zone
is a fun, entertaining, energetic, and great resource, jam-packed with simple, ready-to-use perspectives that help you understand more clearly the increasingly fast-paced world. Dr. Palladino's eight sets of cognitive strategies are surefire ways to focus your attention and perform at new high levels. It makes my top ten list of 'be sure to read'...and 'be sure to apply.'"
-- James Bauman, PhD, U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychologist
"Coaching people to optimize their brain's functioning is a new and much-needed field in our overloaded world. Civilization and our cyber world have clearly outstripped our brain's ability to deal with all that information, so we need all the help we can get. Lucy Jo gives practical tools to help all of us deal with the constant overloaded state in which we find ourselves immersed."
-- John Ratey, MD, author of A User's Guide to the Brain and co-author of Driven to Distraction
Table of Contents
Part I Understanding Your Focus Zone
1 What Is Your Focus Zone?
2 Bored, Hyper, or Both
3 Attention in the Digital Age
4 What Are We Doing to Our Brains?
Part II The Eight Keychains
5 Emotional Skills: Keychains 1 and 2
6 Confronting Fear and All Its Cousins: Keychains 3, 4, and 5
7 Mental Skills: Keychain 6
8 Structure without Pressure: Keychain 7
9 Behavior Skills: Keychain 8
Part III Digital-Age Strategies for Success
10 Outsmarting Interruption and Overload
11 Defeating Distraction in the 21st Century
12 What If You (or Your Children) Have Attention Deficit Disorder?
Part IV Your Focus Zone as a Way of Life
13 Teaching Kids to Pay Attention
14 The Power of Attention
Appendix The Eight Keychains -- A Quick Guide