Is Your Mind at Odds with the Online World?

Tired of texting, tweeting and internal chatter? A few cutting-edge strategies can help you combat our era's biggest irritants.

Attention

Attention is sometimes described as a spotlight, focusing your awareness on a subset of what's going on in your head or in your environment. Some people have more control over the spotlight than others , and everyone has more control in certain situations (when they're free of distractions) and with the aid of certain drugs (stimulants such as caffeine and Ritalin). 

Procrastination

Everyone procrastinates sometimes, but 20 percent of people chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions—which, unfortunately, are increasingly available. Procrastination in large part reflects our perennial struggle with self-control as well as our inability to accurately predict how we'll feel tomorrow, or the next day.