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Archive for December, 2014

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

January Message from Dr. Hallowell

As we head into 2015, let me please take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of the audience that receives this newsletter along with the “Notes from Ned” that appear in it. I love the chance to connect with you this way.

I was thinking how cool it would be if you all could connect with each other, at least a bit. To that end, I am inviting you to send an email to me with comments you’d like me to send along to the readership. Comment on anything. Surprise us. Say what’s on your mind about anything, or offer your favorite recipes for a Super Bowl party.

Speaking of which, as some of you know, I am a devoted Patriots fan. My family has been season-ticket holders since they day the team hired Bill Parcells decades ago. Our 3 kids have grown up going to Patriot games. Those trips became the highlights of every fall, and we put enormous energy and creativity into the tailgating as well as the flinging of the ball in the parking lot. It was a pure celebration of life–in a sprawling, charcoal-burning, dancing and carousing parking lot full of rabid fans.

Now that our kids have all left home–the youngest of our 3 is a Freshman at Trinity–Sue and I may give up our tickets, as we are getting old to go Sundays, and the crowds are, well, crowded. It’s easier to watch from home, the bathrooms have no lines, and the refreshments cost less. But we will always have those memories. Such memories! Win or lose, those games stirred our hearts and gave us fantastic, unforgettable togetherness time.

My wish for all of you is that you find places to come together with people you love. Create traditions and rituals, as we did with the Patriots. Pick something you like to do, combine it with people you love, add food and drink and maybe music, and you have all you need to live life to the fullest.

I just turned 65. My kids laugh at me for being so old. But I’ve learned a few valuable lessons over those 65 years, by far the most important of which is this: love truly is the answer. Don’t fear it. Don’t get embarrassed by the word. Bring it out and use it all you can. Go into each day ready to give love and receive it.

Do this, and you will own the secret to a great life.  Just don’t keep it secret!

 

Ned

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Dr. Hallowell, The Focus Doctor, Helps with Work Distractions

I am a focus doctor. “Attention deficit trait” or ADT, is a term I coined in 1994 to describe an increasingly common problem in the modern workplace. My latest book “Driven to Distraction at Work”, now available on Amazon, thoroughly describes the 6 most common distractions and how to handle them. Available for the holidays. Who doesn’t love someone struggling with workplace demands?

The reason I am so excited is that this book hits a bullseye. It brings together, in one place for the first time, a comprehensive plan to fix one of modern life’s most frustrating and challenging problems: the lack of focus most of feel as we are pulled in a thousand directions all at once every day, peppered with messages and plagued with unplanned interruptions. Delivered to Distraction at Work offers practical solutions you can use right away.

This new book is not about ADHD; as you know, I’ve dealt with that elsewhere. But I do bring to bear my 30+ years of experience and knowledge as a “focus doctor” to offer a plan to treat the uniquely modern condition I call Attention Deficit Trait or ADT. While perhaps 5% of the population has ADHD, I’d guess from 50% – 75% of us feel as if we have true attention deficit disorder as we struggle to focus every day and master our own ADT.

Who doesn’t feel overwhelmed, distracted, pulled off course, if not all the time, at least often enough that we’d say sustaining focus is a chronic challenge in our lives?

In the book I define 6 different patterns of ADT, each deriving from your own situation and individual psychology. There is an online quiz you can take to determine which type you are.

For example, chapter 1 addresses perhaps the most common type of ADT, that of the “screen-sucker, the person who can’t break the habit of excessive use of screens of all kinds. Another type is the person who is distracted by excessive worry; another the person who is excessively conscientious and is distracted by a chronic need to do for others first. Taken together the 6 types cover the most common patterns of distraction at work.

Most people can see themselves in one or more of the 6 types. With each type I offer a set of practical solutions to solve the problem, regain focus, and get back to a more productive daily routine.

I urge you to take ADT seriously. If you don’t, you risk falling into the common, modern trap of being frantically busy without being innovative, deep, or as productive as you otherwise could be.

In this new book I address ADT head-on, a problem that tens of millions of people face every day without even naming, let alone solving.

The solutions I offer are practical, individualized, time-tested, and rooted in current scientific research from various disciplines.

With this note, I am hoping to get your help to get this new book off to strong launch. As the readers of my newsletter, you are my most loyal and well-informed audience. I know you as a group, and I am sure this book will prove to be both useful and enlightening, as well as entertaining. If I am correct, please tell others, as books depend upon word of mouth. If Driven to Distraction at Work does sound interesting to you, please order it–at a discount–on Amazon.com, and tell your colleagues and friends to do the same.

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