Online distractions are costing the United States millions of dollars a year in lost productivity, according to some estimates. That’s why corporations are now hiring experts to help train office workers how to stay focused.
Google is among the numerous organizations hiring experts to train offer seminars in attention.
Chade-Meng Tan, a Google engineer who began teaching employees about focus in 2007, helps workers learn self-mastery over unhelpful mental habits. (See the video ‘Meng on Mindfulness.’) For example, when they find their mind wandering while reading, they are encouraged to practice mindfulness in bringing their attention back.
“It’s like doing bicep curls for the mind,” Meng has observed. “If you keep bringing your attention back, you begin mastering the ability to focus, and before long, you can come to attention on demand.”
If businesses can benefit from their employees learning how to increase focus, the same applies to those who are preparing for the EPPP. That’s why, over the last few weeks, we’ve been using this blog to bring you an array of resources designed to increase focus and attention. If you haven’t already done so, we would encourage you to explore some of these resources, including:
- Top 5 Ways Successful Students Achieve Focus During EPPP Studies
- Daniel Goleman on Focus
- Preserving Focus in an Age of Distractions
- Meng on Mindfulness