When you settle down to complete a task, are you often distracted? How often do you lose your car keys? Burn food on the stove? Forget to phone the plumber? Forget to save information on your computer? Save it, but can’t remember where? Most of us have episodes like this. Quite simply, when we are not present, our attention is not focused on the task at hand. Instead of mind and body working in harmony, the mind is somewhere else.
So, while you are carving the chicken, you are already thinking about the rugby match you plan to watch on TV later. As you wash the dishes, your mind is picturing the cup of tea and the week-end newspapers that await you afterwards.
these examples may only result in a cut finger or a broken glass, but what about the important
document that you need to draw up for tomorrow’s meeting? You cannot afford to have this unfinished or below standard. Typical impediments to focused attention are circling thoughts in the mind constantly ruminate on the past or project into the future.
There are simple techniques to overcome these difficulties and focus the attention on the task at hand.
(Chapter 2: Focusing the Attention)