Attention

Here are some challenges you might try to develop your powers of ATTENTION, exploring new habits of mindfulness and learning how to focus. To find out more, take a look below to see if there is a challenge that intrigues or inspires you... and for more information about writing up your blog post, see the extra credit challenges page.


Learn about attention. Read about attention (or watch a video) and share your thoughts in a blog. I've bookmarked some good resources here: Attention Resources. Feel free to repeat this challenge as many times as you want... there are so many good resources to learn from online. For example, here is an informative video from PBS Braincraft: Are You Paying Attention?




Share a resource. Do you have a video or online article about attention and focus that you would like to recommend? That would be great! Write up a post about the resource and why you like it (if it's a video, include the video in your post; here's how), and then I'll add it to the class resources.


Pomodoro Technique. I've written up the Pomodoro Timer Technique on the Time Management Challenges page, but it is also a great strategy for focusing your attention and energy, so check it out if you are interested in a challenge that is about about time and attention. You will find the information you need on the Time Challenges page.



Meditation and Mindfulness. Have you always wanted to try meditation? You can use this challenge to experiment with a meditation practice and see what works for you: Meditation and Mindfulness Resources. Give it a try for a few days, and then write up the results in a blog post. Alternatively, if you already have a meditation practice, write about that and share some information about how it works for you!


Share your Attention tip(s). I'm guessing pretty much everybody has some good strategies for paying attention and focusing, so figure out what your best time tip(s) are and then write that up in a blog post. Maybe other students in class can benefit from a strategy you are using!


Find a favorite attention meme. I've got some attention memes, quotes, and cartoons here at this blog, so you can browse around and see if you find one that really grabs you, and then write a blog post with the item and your thoughts about it. Or maybe you have some memes or quotes or cartoons about paying attention and focusing that you have saved and can share in a blog post: that would be great! To do the challenge, find your favorite(s) either here at the blog or on the Internet, and then share that in a blog post at your blog, with your thoughts and comments.


Make an Attention meme. Maybe you have some good advice for paying attention, a mantra, an inspirational quote — any kind of words that can help. If you do, then make a meme to share those words. There are lots of meme makers and quote makers you can use; for example, I used Cheezburger to create this image of cats who are very good at paying attention to things, as you can see, and I published it in a blog post. So, using whatever tool you prefer (Cheezburger, AutomotivatorCanva etc.), create your own meme about attention and then share what you create at your blog, along with your thoughts and comments.

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