A great article from Lifehacker on how to improve our attention spans in an overstimulated world. It focuses particularly on technology and working as a writer, but the same principles can be applied to any area where a boost of focus would be useful.
To get a longer attention span — even a span long enough to read this article — don’t worry about managing the information. Worry about managing your attention. Paying attention, for long periods of time, is a form of endurance athleticism. Like running a marathon, it requires practice and training to get the most out of it. It is as much Twitter’s fault that you have a short attention span as it is your closet’s fault it doesn’t have any running shoes in it. If you want the ability to focus on things for a long period of time, you need attention fitness.