Reclaiming your focus and attention
by Emilyn Linden
I find myself endlessly scrolling through the same news sites, social feeds and online stores some days and have a hard time making myself stop. I know I’m not alone in this…vice? obsession? hijacking?
So every once in a while I pick up a book about how to take a break from my phone and computer and pay more attention to the world around me. It gets me out of my rut for a while until I have to do it all over again. Sometimes I pick up something that’s more of a self-hope book, sometimes it’s about mindfulness and sometimes it’s about nature and connecting with the natural world.
If you also need a reminder to put your phone down some days, maybe some of these books will help you, too.
Hyperfocus: how to be more productive in a world of distraction by Chris Bailey
Missing each other: how to cultivate meaningful connections by Edward Brodkin
Four thousand weeks: time management for mortals by Oliver Burkeman
Friluftsliv: connect with nature, the Norwegian way by Oliver Delorie
Focus: the hidden driver of excellence by Daniel Goleman
Wintering: the power of rest and retreat in difficult times by Katherine May
Digital minimalism: choosing a focused life in a noisy world by Cal Newport
How to do nothing: resisting the attention economy by Jenny Odell
Untangled: walking the Eightfold Path to clarity, courage, and compassion by Koshin Paley Ellison
Forest walking: discovering the trees and woodlands of North America by Peter Wohlleben
Emilyn Linden is a librarian in the FDL Public Library Information and Outreach Services department.