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Driven to distraction at work? Learn how to fight it

Posted on 02-06-15 in Book Review

book spotlight driven to distraction at work

Most individuals are hard workers, powering through the day and getting as much work done as possible. The problem arises when a person is distracted. Maybe they were sent a funny picture and ended up falling into the never-ending rabbit hole that is the internet. Maybe they are preoccupied by the sheer amount of things they have to do and can’t focus. Maybe issues at home are preoccupying their mind.

This doesn’t mean that they are a bad worker or unmotivated, it just means they are prone to distraction. Many workers are and it is understandable in the context of needing a few minutes for a mental break from the flow of work. When distraction starts to interfere with a worker’s productivity though, there is cause for issue.

Distraction can frustrate a worker as it impedes their ability to get their work done well and on time. This affects their mood outside of the office too. In an effort to help distracted workers, Dr. Ned Hallowell is offering his advice in his book “Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive.

Dr. Hallowell, a leading expert in ADD and ADHD, is focusing on helping readers feel more in control and productive while at work. In this book he identifies the underlying reasons that cause people to lose their ability to focus at work and explains why common solutions such as “make a to-do list” really aren’t effective because they don’t address the true issues causing the distraction. With Hallowell’s years of experience he is able to provide readers with practical and reliable techniques to help them learn how to sustain a productive mental state.

Dr. Hallowell divides his book into two main parts. The first part focuses on the six most common ways that people lose their ability to focus at work which are called screen sucking, multitasking, idea hopping, worrying, playing the hero and dropping the ball. In part one Hallowell also explains the underlying psychological and emotional dynamics that drive each behavior. The second part of the book provides readers with advice to help them train their attention and make them less vulnerable to losing focus in any situation. These two parts of the book combine to empower readers to combat distractions and help them achieve their highest personal and professional goals.

“Drive to Distraction at Work” has be heralded as an “essential survival guide to life in the modern world” and a “must-read for any and all who cherish their ability to connect deeply with others as well as being able to think.”

Dr. Ned Hallowell is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane School of Medicine and a child and adult psychiatrist. He is also the founder of The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, MA and New York City. Dr. Hallowell is a highly recognized speaker around the world and has authored several other books.
Written by Brianna Gibbons, Sovereign Health Group writer