The Art of Focus in a world of Distraction
The art of focus in our modern worlds has become just that. An art.
With books like Johan Hari’s Stolen Focus and past guest Dr Kristy Goodwin's, Dear Digital we need to talk, the constant disruption, distraction mulit-tasking and task switching that we are all succumbing to is impacting our ability to truly focus.
Add to this all the pressures and competing demands of daily life and we are quickly looking at fatigue, exhaustion and burnout.
And whilst the rise of flexible working has given us more freedom to design our days and work lives, it’s a bit of a double edged sword. As many of us have relied on the routine, ritual and structure that our daily to commute has given to us to support our cognitive function and the daily need to “do our job”.
We now need to develop a new skill. The ability to distinguish what is worth our attention, to do this intentionally and then to be able to focus.
And that’s what today’s guest is here to share with us.
Angela Lockwood is on a mission.
To empower individuals to thrive amidst the distraction of modern life.
As an Occupational Therapist with a wealth of real-world experience working alongside both children and adults, she has developed a unique approach to unlocking the power of our thinking and actions in ever-changing environments.
After sustaining a life-changing head injury she became obsessed with learning how we can use our time and energy to thrive and has focused her career on helping others do the same.
She is the author of two business self-help books, "The Power of Conscious Choice" and “Switch Off and Find Calm” and the engaging host of "A Kid's Life" Podcast.
She’s been featured on Channel 9 Today EXTRA, The Australian Financial Review, Good Health magazine, Huffington Post, Mamamia, Radio 2UE and numerous parenting and lifestyle publications. She also has a regular segment on The Luke and Susie Show which is syndicated across Australia.
Angela has an infectious energy and she’s highly relatable.
So in today’s episode Ange and I are going to look at;
- Why the conversation about focus has become such a prevalent one
- Intentional Focus – what it means and how to manage it
- The importance of switching off
- The difference between time management and energy management
- Plus she’s also sharing with us some tools to get us started
A great conversation on how to focus your attention on the things that really matter so that you have more energy for life!
This podcast was made possible with support from the Alastair Swayn Foundation. Find out more at alastairswaynfoundation.org
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