Attention span

What holds your attention?

I was in an antiques shop today, with my beloved. As is often the case when we go somewhere full of ‘vintage treasure’, I took a book. After 15 minutes I’d had my fill and enjoyed some reading in the car for a good while.

Earlier in the day I’d nearly an hour looking at a few running hydration packs, and obsessing over tiny details. My beloved waited (almost) patiently, having given the running gear less than five minutes.

We’re readily guided by preferences in our spare time, but less so in our careers where we’re trading time for money. It’s worth noting which bits of the job hold our attention, and which we fight to focus on.

A tolerable short term exchange might become a long term bind that we resent if we’re not paying attention.

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