Find Your Focus Zone: An Effective New Plan to Defeat Distraction and Overload

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 26, 2007 - Self-Help - 304 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Understanding Your Focus Zone
13
The Eight Keychains
57
Keychains 3 4 and 5
88
DigitalAge Strategies for Success
185
Attention Deficit Disorder?
218
Your Focus Zone as a Way of Life
233
Appendix The Eight KeychainsA Quick Guide
263
Acknowledgments
269
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About the author (2007)

Lucy Jo Palladino, PhD, is the author of Dreamers, Discoverers, and Dynamos: How to Help the Child Who Is Bright, Bored, and Having Problems in School (formerly titled The Edison Trait). She is an award-winning psychologist and attention expert with thirty years of professional experience. Dr. Palladino, who lectures nationwide, has received several federal research grants, published numerous articles in professional journals, and presented papers at national conferences. She has also taken advanced training in sports psychology and served on the clinical faculty of the University of Arizona Medical School. Her research findings have been featured in Family Circle, Men's Health, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Web MD. In recent years, she has appeared as the resident psychologist for the The Morning Show on KFMB-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Diego, California. You can learn more about her work at www.YourFocusZone.com.

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