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Summary

Are you driven to distraction at work? Best-selling author Edward M. Hallowell, MD, the world's leading expert on ADD and ADHD, has set his sights on a new goal: helping people feel more in control and productive at work.

You know the feeling: You can't focus; you feel increasingly overwhelmed by a mix of nonstop demands and technology that seems to be moving at the speed of light; and you're frustrated just trying to get everything done well - and on time. Not only is this taking a toll on performance, it's impacting your sense of well-being outside the office. It's time to reclaim control.

Dr. Hallowell now identifies the underlying reasons why people lose their ability to focus at work. He explains why commonly offered solutions like "learn to manage your time better" or "make a to-do list" don't work because they ignore the deeper issues that are the true causes of mental distraction. Based on his years of helping clients develop constructive ways to deal with distraction, Dr. Hallowell provides a set of practical and reliable techniques to show how to sustain a productive mental state.

In Part 1 of the audiobook, he identifies the six most common ways people lose the ability to focus at work - what he calls "screen sucking" (Internet/social media addiction), multitasking, idea hopping (never finishing what you start), worrying, playing the hero, and dropping the ball - and he explains the underlying psychological and emotional dynamics driving each behavior.

Part two of the book provides advice for "training" your attention overall so that you are less susceptible to surrendering it in any situation. The result is a book that will empower you to combat each one of these common syndromes - and clear a path for you to achieve your highest personal and professional goals.

Cover design by Kimberly Glyder

©2015 Edward M. Hallowell, MD (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Some good points. Some debatable.

Has areas of quality advice. However, I remain unconvinced of certain recommendations in latter chapters.

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  • Timothy
  • 27-06-16

Good work

An excellent introduction and overview of the issues with steps everyone could use to improve.

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  • Maria E B Frediani
  • 21-08-17

it's useful but way longer than it should be

In the chapters he's discussing the add characteristics - some chapters part 2 if I remember correctly - are actually interesting and very useful. But the stories he uses to build examples in part 1 are dreadful. The last chapters are some kind of wrap up of everything, mostly unnecessary, or at least, excessive. It was not a waste of my time, as I was able to learn some important things and the author is clearly an expert in the subject, but I didn't enjoy the *entire* book.

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  • Laura
  • 26-03-17

Not my favorite

This book claims to not be simple self help, but I cannot find what distinguishes it. "The Power of Habit" and "Mastery" are much better examples of the helpful yet valuable ideal.

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  • Adrienne Moore Baxter
  • 06-10-17

Scenarios engage my interest

As a person with ADHD, I learn best with the Audible 95% reading speed option.

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  • Dipency Georges
  • 07-08-17

Very Informative.

Great book that explains the differences between ADHD and ADD. Great read for anyone suffering from these behavioral disorders.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-17

Excellent!

This book provided great insight, skills and tips to be proactive in your ADHD journey.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-17

Great book!!

Great book. It really gave me a lot of insight and made me really think about how certain things in my life had an effect on me. I enjoyed it.

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  • Sobhi Akbik
  • 29-10-16

Addressing and Provide Remedy to All Challenges

One of few books you can't live without them.
Numourous solutions to daily problems with cause root analysis and effective way to get the best solutions

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  • Donna H.
  • 11-09-16

LOVE Dr. Hallowell!

As encouraging, informative and practical as ever. Great reference to return to time and time again.

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  • J. George
  • 18-12-16

Past It's Prime

Hallowell goes to great length describing those people in offices that should be hard at work but instead stare into their computers all day. Well, doc, no kidding! That happens to be how hundreds of millions of people (if not billions) do their jobs today. Did you last work for corporate America in the 1990s?

Then his accounts of specific people in his studies really stretch his credibility when he describes their innermost thoughts while interacting with people (including putting their inner monologues in quotation marks!), the type of thing a fiction writer can do quite well--after all, the novelist creates the characters' thoughts and gives them words to speak--but which a clinician concerned with facts has no right doing.

This doesn't pass the smell test.

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