If there were companies and people taking money from our bank every day without asking, we would not be happy but that’s exactly what’s happening with our attention.

This is the view of Oliver Burkeman in a recent article in the Guardian. Attention is a limited resource and one that we should protect as closely as we would anything else that we value.

Social media, emails, TV, announcements – they are all attention thieves and they leave us with less of it for things that we want to focus on.

What does this mean for leadership?

Burkeman’s remedy is not a ‘close off’ or ‘let it go’ but to take the Buddhist approach of ‘guarding your sense doors’.

Hire a virtual butler to politely decline access to your eyes and ears.