If you are reading this right now, then hopefully I have your undivided attention. This post will only take one minute to read. If in that time, you have a stray thought, a phone notification, or any other type of interruption, I will have failed in my mission of holding your attention. I still might have a chance to regain it, but only if my words are compelling enough to bring you back.
Imagine the amount of money spent in advertising. Billboards, commercials, and promoted social media content all have one purpose in mind. They know the value of your attention, and they will spend as much as they can to get it. Will you be able to focus on one thing if your attention is constantly divided by everyone and everything?
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. –Lin Yutang
The non-essentials are clutter. They take up space in your home, at work, and in your mind. If you run too many programs on your computer, your system will slow down and be less productive. Not only is this true for computers, it is true for our lives. To be more stable and more efficient, you need to stop the processes that are slowing you down. Once you move the non-essentials to the recycle bin, you will be able to put your attention on the things that matter.