3 Aspects of Meditation that Help Us Focus

I will be honest. I did not consider meditation as a solution to distraction because I had the wrong idea about what it is and why it is important. I saw it as just the latest flavor of wellness fad, and I was turned off …

4 Tips to Mastering the Art of Saying ‘NO’!

For many of us who’re both distracted and compulsive people-pleasers, a journey toward true productivity often starts with saying no to projects and tasks that don’t really matter to us. As you define your purpose and begin Lifescaling, you’ll be confronted by a lot of …

5 Signs of the Smartphone Zombie Apocalypse

In my book LIFESCALE I use the following piece of information to make an important point about society’s all-encompassing distraction-a study in New York City found that 20% of teenagers struck by traffic in crosswalks were on their devices. Ironically, they’re often hit by drivers …

Seven Symptoms of Social Media Addiction in Children

Although I wrote LIFESCALE as a way to come to terms with my own device and social media addiction and their power to distract me from productivity and true creativity, as a parent my concern naturally extends to how I can help my kids confront …

10 Signs That You’re Seriously Distracted

In the age of ubiquitous social media, our society as a whole has become “distracted,” unable to focus on one thing for more than a few minutes without checking Facebook or our smartphones. How extreme is this problem? In New York, there’s a mini epidemic …

Are You Selling Your Attention Span Short?

“Gambling/slot machine addicts don’t play to win. They play to keep playing.” NYU Prof. Natasha Dow Schull In the age of online gaming, streaming content and ubiquitous social media, our (already limited) attention spans are under siege in an endless sea of distraction. From Netflix …

Creating A Positive, Distraction-Free Workplace Culture

One beautiful aspect of Lifescaling is that we can not only apply these principles to our own work lives, those of us in supervisory positions – whether we’re managing one assistant/intern or responsible for an entire company – have the power to share these best …

Five Reasons To Use Social Media In The Classroom

I’ve spent years espousing the wonders of social media, tech, and all the wizardry of our digital age. Though like many of us, I’ve been sidetracked by the negative aspects of these developments, I still passionately believe they offer wonderful opportunities to educate and foster …

Five Dynamic Ways Social Media Can Help Students

There are reasons why Bill Gates, the late Steve Jobs and other leading tech industry professionals chose to raise their kids tech free. They’re seen the dangers first-hand. Heck, many have helped create these dangers. Yes, social media has many dangers for addiction-prone teens, but …

It’s Time to Value Our Time Again!

Every time you pull away from a project to check your phone or Twitter feed, it takes 1,395 seconds (23+ minutes) on average to regain your focus.  Even without distractions, the time you spend actually focusing deeply on the projects and tasks that truly matter …