Attention Management

A distracted workforce is less than effective. Employees who do not pay attention to their work can waste valuable time and make careless mistakes. Attention management is a useful skill that allows managers to connect with their employees on an emotional level and motivate them to focus on their work and how to reach their personal and company goals.

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Define and understand attention management.
  • Identify different types of attention.
  • Create strategies for goals and SMART goals.
  • Be familiar with methods that focus attention.
  • Put an end to procrastination.
  • Learn how to prioritize time.

Course Outline:

Module One: Getting Started


Housekeeping Items

The Parking Lot

Workshop Objectives

Module Two: Introduction to Attention Management

What Is Attention Management?

Stop Thinking and Pay Attention!

What Is Mushin?

What is Xin Yi (Heart Minded)?

Module Three: Types of Attention

Focused Attention

Sustained Attention

Selective Attention

Alternating Attention

Attention CEO

Attentional Blink

Module Four: Strategies for Goal Setting

Listening to Your Emotions



Module Five: Meditation






Module Six: Training Your Attention



Focus Execute


Case Study

Module Seven: Attention Zones Model

Reactive Zone

Proactive Zone

Distracted Zone

Wasteful Zone

Case Study

Module Eight: SMART Goals

The Three P’s



Evaluating and Adapting

Module Nine: Keeping Yourself Focused

The One Minute Rule

The Five Minute Rule

What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

Module Ten: Procrastination

Why We Procrastinate

Nine Ways to Overcome Procrastination

Eat That Frog

Module Eleven: Prioritizing Your Time

The 80/20 Rule

The Urgent / Important Matrix

Being Assertive

Creating a Productivity Journal

The Glass Jar: Rocks, Pebbles, Sand and Water

Module Twelve: Wrapping Up

Words from the Wise

Review of Parking Lot

Lessons Learned

Completion of Action Plans and Evaluations