Mantra - Manage Attention


... from an essay by Adam Grant in the 28 March 2019 NY Times titled "Productivity Isn't About Time Management. It's About Attention Management" — with the punchline:

... Prioritize the people and projects that matter, and it won't matter how long anything takes. Attention management is the art of focusing on getting things done for the right reasons, in the right places and at the right moments. ...

... and later Grant, an organizational psychologist at the Wharton School, observes:

... Often our productivity struggles are caused not by a lack of efficiency, but a lack of motivation. Productivity isn't a virtue. It's a means to an end. It's only virtuous if the end is worthy. If productivity is your goal, you have to rely on willpower to push yourself to get a task done. If you pay attention to why you're excited about the project and who will benefit from it, you'll be naturally pulled into it by intrinsic motivation. ...

(cf Adam Grant is quoted in Comments on Sheryl Sandberg on the Hard Days; cf Present-Moment Reality (2008-11-05), Functional Thinking versus Ego Thinking (2014-11-01), Attention (2015-03-03), Mantra - Attention, Attention, Attention (2017-05-27), ...) - ^z - 2020-01-30