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

  • 8h 12m 15s
  • Edward M. Hallowell
  • Gildan Media
  • 2023

Are you driven to distraction at work?

Bestselling author Edward M. Hallowell, MD, the world’s leading expert on ADD and ADHD, has set his sights on a new goal: helping people feel more in control and productive at work.

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.

Dr. Hallowell now identifies the underlying reasons why people lose their ability to focus at work. He explains why commonly offered solutions like “learn to manage your time better” or “make a to-do list” don’t work because they ignore the deeper issues that are the true causes of mental distraction. Based on his years of helping clients develop constructive ways to deal with distraction, Dr. Hallowell provides a set of practical and reliable techniques to show how to sustain a productive mental state.

In Part 1 of the book, he identifies the six most common ways people lose the ability to focus at work—what he calls “screen sucking” (internet/social media addiction), multitasking, idea hopping (never finishing what you start), worrying, playing the hero, and dropping the ball—and he explains the underlying psychological and emotional dynamics driving each behavior.

Part 2 of the book provides advice for “training” your attention overall, so that you are less susceptible to surrendering it, in any situation. The result is a book that will empower you to combat each one of these common syndromes—and clear a path for you to achieve your highest personal and professional goals.

About the Author

EDWARD M. HALLOWELL, MD, runs the Hallowell Centers in Sudbury, Massachusetts, New York City, and San Francisco, all specializing in training attention in people of all ages. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Sue. Visit his website at

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction: Attention deficit trait
  • Chapter 1 - Screen sucking: how to control your electronics so they don’t control you
  • Chapter 2 - Multitasking: how to say no when you have more to do than time to do it
  • Chapter 3 - Idea hopping: how to finish what you start
  • Chapter 4 - Worrying: how to turn toxic worry into problem solving
  • Chapter 5 - Playing the hero: how to stop fixing everyone’s problems-except your own
  • Chapter 6 - Dropping the ball: how to stop underachieving at work
  • Chapter 7 - Flexible focus: creating the optimal state for excellence
  • Chapter 8 - Harnessing the power of the body
  • Chapter 9 - Harnessing the power of the mind
  • Chapter 10 - Harnessing the power of the human connection
  • Chapter 11 - Harnessing the power of emotion
  • Chapter 12 - Harnessing the power of structure
  • Chapter 13 - Distracted no more


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