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Find Your Focus Zone: An Effective New Plan to Defeat Distraction and Overload Paperback – April 2, 2011
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-- Dean Karnazes, author of "Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner"
"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"
""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
"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(R)," 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 "
"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"
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For one thing, it's really helpful. Really, really helpful. Palladino has a novelist's gift for succinct and memorable character descriptions, which means that her description of the too hyperfast, hyperfocused guy reminded me of someone (several someones) I knew, as did her sketch of the woman who is scattered and spacey, the folks who are overstimulated, understimulated, afraid of failure. I started turning down pages to share with people but stopped partway through. I could tell that nearly everyone I know could benefit from Palladino's clear analysis of what makes us less effective in every part of our lives.
That leads me to another part of Find Your Focus Zone that surprised me: how much I found that Palladino's advice could help me in my family life. Her portraits of parent-child interactions hit home with even more force than did her sketches of workers. Because of her book, I've changed the way I think about my daughter's foot-dragging over homework and music practice. Also how my husband and I work with her and our son on chores, how we think about our family meals, our vacations, our dreams for them. Little stuff and big stuff.
If you wonder about the effect of the new connectivity toys and tools on children, read this book. If you wish work didn't intrude on your family life but find it hard to leave it at the office, read this book.Read more ›
I like this book. Tips and strategies for staying engaged with boring tasks, as well as practical methods for dealing with anxiety, pressure to perform, and fear of failure. It teaches the art of finding and maintaining a state of productive focus. It provides tools to call yourself to attention so you can visit that wonderful place where "all systems are go" and you are humming along. You don't have to be a scientist to appreciate the clear explanation of the upside down U that graphs the relationship between attention and stimulation. Even the Brain Chemical Attention Chart, showing the relationship of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine to attention, is clear and understandable. The book is easy to read, user friendly, and contains lots of practical advice. I had no problem staying in my "focus zone" as I read.
See, I have a very very busy mind. I'm a marketing director for a Boston high-tech company (fast-moving group in a rapidly changing environment with constantly large amounts to learn), I sing in a championship men's chorus which requires a substantial commitment, I'm in an a capella quartet (ditto), I'm Class Notes secretary for my college class, and just for fun last year I discovered a very advanced life-threatening cancer, learned an enormous amount fast (as if my life depended on it) and completely beat it, while being stuck with two houses because we'd moved at the start of the housing slump. Now that the house and cancer are resolved, I'm a team leader in a year-long self-development course, I've become an active blogger, and I've published my year-long cancer journal and I'm becoming active in the "e-patient" movement to promote a new kind of doctor-patient relationship for the internet-enabled, whose principles played a big role in my cancer success last year.
I mean, I love my life, but with a life like that, who has time to stop and "go to school" about focusing?
I'll never forget the first time management course I took, decades ago. It said you just make a list and mark everything A,B,C for priority and then do the most important stuff. I wanted to reach out and SLAP the author, saying "You idiot, if I could do THAT, I wouldn't need this course!Read more ›
Find Your Focus Zone will help you get back on track and answer that critical question. Now more than ever, social media, e.g., YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, your PDA, iPhone or your Crackberry is vying for your attention. Do these applications and devices deserve it, or are you negating your work at hand? As a culture we are all experiencing information and cognitive overload-- like that Bing Search Overload commercial on TV, but author Lucy Jo Palladino offers many solutions and/or "keychains" as she labels them to keep us on task and in our Focus Zone. Through the proper balance of stimulation and learning to regulate this balance you will begin to "flow" once again and regain your focus. Attention is power and all creative endeavors require it. Learn the techniques of mindful multitasking, thought substitution, mental rehearsal like professional athletes and finish the task or reach that goal. Learn to block out distraction once and for all.
I'll leave you with this one study conducted by the University of California, Irvine: it was reported that employees spent an average of eleven minutes working on a project before they were interrupted and had to shift to another task. It then took them an average of twenty-five minutes to get back to their original task... could this be you?
Do yourself a favor and buy this book... deadbolt for office door sold separately.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I won't write much, because if you're reading this, you probably have ADHD. So let me bullet point this for you:
- Best book I've read on ADHD
- If ADHD had an... Read more
The tips and information is highly useful. However the book predates smartphones,e-readers, and tablets. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Susan Howard
This book is heavily based on cognitive behavioral thinking, which I don't share. For example, the author said that, when you see your time management tools as your friend instead... Read morePublished 8 months ago by justbeing0
This book has practical easy to do exercises to help you maintain focus. I wish I had this in college with all those boring lectures.Published 9 months ago by IRM
My review title says it all! Nevertheless, I still have two negative remarks about it. First, the second half of it is not as captivating as the first, which explains why I rate it... Read morePublished 13 months ago by ServantofGod
It is not a PhD level book and it doesn`t contain any unique research or findings. But It is pretty good synopsis about the concentration practices. Read morePublished 15 months ago by baram