So perhaps the biggest challenge we face as individuals at work, and as leaders, is attention management.
To make full use of your potential to achieve virtually any goal, you must be the master of your own attention. It’s not enough to simply put your attention where you want it. You have to be able to keep it there until the job is done. A key part of maintaining good focus occurs based on how well you inhibit the wrong things from coming into focus.
Attention is a limited resource. Every time you focus your attention you use a measurable amount of glucose and other metabolic resources. Studies show that each task you do tends to make you less effective at the next task, and this is especially true for high-energy tasks like self control or decision making.