Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive

by Edward M. Hallowell, MD


You know the feeling: you can’t focus; you feel increasingly overwhelmed by a mix of nonstop demands and technology that seems to be moving at the speed of light; and you’re frustrated just trying to get everything done well—and on time. Not only is this taking a toll on performance, it’s impacting your sense of well-being outside the office. It’s time to reclaim control.

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  • Identify the underlying reasons why people lose their ability to focus at work.
  • Learn to take greater control while becoming happier, healthier and more productive.
  • Understand how to manage attention more generally with tips to consistently find focus, tap creativity and achieve goals more readily.
  • Address the areas of energy, emotion, engagement, structure and control to “train” your attention so you’re less susceptible to distractions and more productive.


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About the Author

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., a child and adult psychiatrist, is a NY Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and leading authority in the field of ADHD. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, and the founder of The Hallowell Centers in Sudbury, Massachusetts; New York City; and San Francisco. His centers specialize in training attention in people of all ages. He was a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty from 1983 until he retired from academics in 2004 to devote his full professional attention to his clinical practice, lectures and writing books. He has authored 18 books on various psychological topics, including attention deficit disorder, the power of human connection, the childhood roots of happiness in life, methods of forgiving others, dealing with worry and managing excessive busyness. Visit his website at

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