Research & Resources

Here’s a start.  Check back often as this page will be continually updated.

Websites on Distraction, Time Management, Productivity:

United States Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Time Use Survey

Distraction.gov: The Official U.S. Government Website for Distracted Driving.  Additional resources on distracted driving from Verizon Wireless.       Free guided meditation programs for learning to control your attention, from UCLA Health.

Productivity Books, Time Management Books, Effectiveness Books:

Personal Productivity Secrets: Do what you never thought possible with your time and attention, and regain control of your life! by Maura Thomas

Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done by Art Markman, PhD

Smart Change:  Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others by Art Markman, PhD

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney

The Power of Habit:  Why We Do What We Do In Life by Charles Duhigg

Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People by Edward Hallowell

Spark: The Revolutionary Science of Exercise and the Brain by John Ratey

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman

CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap!  Strategies for Handling Your Fast-Paced Life by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

Flow:  The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, by Winifred Gallagher

Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age, by Maggie Jackson

Digital Convergence: How the Merging of Computers, Communications and Multimedia is Transforming Our Lives, by Andy Covell

The Invisible Gorilla, and Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us, by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons

The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance, by Tony Schwartz, Jean Gomes and Catherine McCarthy

The Attention Economy: Understanding the New Currency of Business, by Thomas H. Davenport and John C. Beck

Useful Articles Showing Perspectives on Productivity and Time Management:

Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? by John Tierney, NYTimes.com

Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain, by Daniel Levitin, The New York Times

You’ll Never Learn! by Annie Murphy Paul, Slate.com

Your Work-Life Balance Should Be Your Company’s Problem, by Nanette Fondas, Harvard Business Review

The Heretics Guide to Getting More Done, by David Brendel, Harvard Business Review
Happy Employees Are More Productive Employees: by Jessica Stillman, Inc.com

How Always Being Busy Makes You Dumber by Drake Baer, FastCompany.com

Focus Makes Perfect,  by Patricia Rivera, The Greeley Tribune, Jan. 14, 2014.  This article also appeared on VailDaily.com, NRToday.com, The Fence Post, Sky Hi Daily News, The Aspen Times, NevadaAppeal.com, RecordCourier.com, ContentThat Works.com, and MyWindsorNow.com

Saving the Art of Conversation in the Age of the Smartphone, by Megan Garber, The Atlantic, Dec. 29, 2013

The Myth of Multitasking, ScienceFriday.com, May 10, 2013

It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Ain’t Got That Ping, by Matt Richtel, The New York Times, April 22, 2007

Technology May Lead to Attention Deficit Disorder, by Kevin Parrish, Tom’s Guide, November 16, 2009

Earplugs to Lasers: The Science of Concentration, by John Tierney, New York Times, May 4, 2009

Handwriting is a 21st Century Skill, by Edward Tenner, The Atlantic, April 28, 2011

Tracking Wonder, by Jeffrey Davis, Psychology Today, April 22, 2011

Proud of Being Overwhelmed?  You May Be a Stress Seeker, by Maura Rhodes, MSNBC, May 11, 2011

How Meditation Might Ward Off The Effects Of Aging, by Jo Marchant, The Guardian, April 23, 2011

Are You Buying Toys That Stunt Your Child’s Brain? by Fran Lasker, Huffington Post, August 3, 2011

In Praise of Distraction, by James Surowiecki, The New Yorker, April 11, 2011

Traditional Take on Data Clutter, by Alfred Hermida, BBC News, February 5, 2004

The Only Way to Get Important Things Done, by Tony Schwartz, Harvard Business Review, May 24, 2011

Overestimating Our Overworking, by Laura Vanderkam, The Wall Street Journal Online, May 29, 2009

The Rise of the Inattention Economy, by Adrian Ott, Fastcompany.com, March 11, 2010

MediaShift: Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age, by Aran Levasseur, PBS.org, April 4, 2012

This is Your Brain on Multitasking, by Jessica Stillman, Inc. Magazine, January 13, 2012

Warning: Your Attention is Under Siege, by Tony Schwartz, Harvard Business Review, November 15th, 2010

When the Mind Wanders, Happiness Also Strays, by John Tierney, NY Times, November 15th, 2010

Achieving a Healthful Digital Diet, by Matt Richtel, NYTimes, November 21st, 2010

Dopamine Makes You Addicted to Seeking Information, by Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D., on the “What Makes Them Click” Blog

Multitasking is Not Really Good for Anyone, by Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press, October 29, 2010

Outdoors and Out of Reach: Studying the Brain, by Matt Richtel, NY Times, August 15th, 2010

Interview with Sherry Turkle, author of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, ” Frontline by PBS

Your Brain on Computers: Attached to Technology & Paying a Price, by Matt Richtel, NY Times, June 6th, 2010

So Much Media, So Little Attention Span, USA Today, March 30, 2005

Are Kids Too Wired for Their Own Good? Time Magazine, March 19, 2006

The Lure of Data – Is it Addictive? by Matt Richtel, NYTimes, July 6th, 2003

Multitasking Splits the Brain, Science Magazine, April 15, 2010

Your Brain on Computers: Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime, by Matt Richtel, NYTimes, August 24th, 2010

Big Bang! Digital convergence is finally happening — and that means new opportunities for upstarts and challenges for tech icons, BusinessWeek, June 21, 2004

Why Can’t You Pay Attention Anymore? CNET, March 28, 2005

Driven to Distraction Series, by Matt Richtel, NYTimes, 2009

Attention Loss Feared Amid High-Tech Brain Rewiring, Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 12, 2009

The Myth of Multitasking, BellaOnline

Whirling Dervish Drivers, Op-Ed by Maureen Dowd, July 21, 2009, NYTimes

Study Suggests Meditation Can Help Train Attention, May 8, 2007, NYTimes

Facebook is Making Us Miserable, December 9, 2011, Harvard Business Review Blog Network

Productivity Research Studies:

Loss of Control Fuels Superstitions, Rituals, Conspiracy Theories, October 2, 2008, Texas Enterprise, The University of Texas at Austin

Music We Like Can Be More Distracting Than Music We Don’t, August 2, 2012, The British Psychological Research Digest

Meditation Helps Increase Attention Span, July 16th, 2010, ScienceDaily

Is Technology Producing A Decline In Critical Thinking And Analysis?, ScienceDaily, January 29th, 2009

Multi-Tasking Adversely Affects Brain’s Learning, UCLA Psychologists Report, ScienceDaily, July 26, 2006

Healthways, Inc:  Poor Employee Health Habits Drive Lost Productivity According to Major New Study of Nearly 20,000 American Workers, 4-traders.com, August 6, 2012

When We Forget to Remember:Failures in Prospective Memory Range from Annoying to Lethal, ScienceDaily, July 31, 2012

Is Multitasking More Efficient? American Psychology Association, August 5, 2001

Listening to Distraction: A Developmental Study of Selective Attention, from Stanford University on ScienceDirect

Divided Representation of Concurrent Goals in the Human Frontal Lobes, Science Magazine, April 16th, 2010

Don’t Spread Yourself Too Thin: The Impact of Task Juggling on Workers’ Speed of Job Completion, the National Bureau of Economic Research, October, 2010

Mental Training Affects Distribution of Limited Brain Resources, Public Library of Science

Multitasking: productivity effects and gender differences, Thomas Buser and Noemi Peter, University of Amsterdam

Multimedia

Julian Treasure Newsnight December 2013:  Dot Complicated

Digital Nation: Distracted by Everything (Frontline on PBS)

NPR Fresh Air, Digital Overload: Your Brain on Gadgets

Crackberry’d: The Truth About Information Overload

Researchers & Thinkers I Follow:

Dr. Daniel Levitin

Mindful Schools: Engaging Children, Supporting Educators, Transforming Schools

William James, 20th Century psychologist, philosopher & medical doctor

Dr. Michael Posner

Dr. Edward Hallowell

Dr. John Ratey

Ellen Galinsky

Dr. David Meyer