Attention Deficit Trait

Focus:  If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.


It's harder to pay attention in an A.D.D. world.  

We're surrounded by computer screens, cell phones, PDA's, TV's iPods, and bustling people and their demands --- all of them crying, "Look at me!".  

At work, they thwart even our best intentions to focus on and complete the job at hand -- much less over deliver.  

We may be the first generation to find that more information is actually making us dumber, and less productive.   

Harvard psychiatrist Edward Hallowell has invented a new name for this information-age-syndrome --- "Attention Deficit Trait" or ADT.  

Unlike attention deficit disorder, which has biological causes, ADT is a syndrome we give to ourselves.  

Hallowell claims that ADT mkes us increasingly  distracted, irritable, and restless - and, over the long term, underachieving.

It amounts to a form of self-inflicted failure.  

If we want to give a little extra to our job, to a project, to other people, to our family, we need to stop trying to do so many things at once.  

(Source:"The Power of Small" by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval)


To help avoid ADT , Hallowell suggests abiding by some simple rules.....