Hi Friends,

Work hasn’t been the same for a long time, and it will likely never go “back to normal.” That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But one of the consequences is that we get emailed, pinged, texted, nudged, notified, and alerted all in the same space where we try to relax and unwind. We have to be intentional every day to keep our boundaries, our peace, and our focus. This can feel like an uphill battle.  

The good news: There’s nothing wrong with us—our brains aren’t broken. The human brain was built to be distractible.  

The even-better news: We can train our brain to pay attention more effectively, and stop missing out on so much of our own lives.

Dr. Amishi Jha has spent the last twenty-five years researching the science of attention. Her exciting new book Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day is the perfect guide to lifting the mental fog. She offers 12-minute practices that’ll teach you to improve your reasoning skills, maintain a healthier memory system, and take better care of your mental health and relationships.

And as New York Times bestselling authors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans say in their upcoming book, Designing Your New Work Life, life is never going to be without disruption. Bill and Dave redesigned their book for this new era of disruption we all suddenly found ourselves in. Their brilliant design thinking applies to everyone, and can genuinely help people to find and create possibility, no matter if the disruption is personal, national, or global. 

Both of these transformative books come out in October and are available for pre-order everywhere now. As our friends, we want to offer you these exclusive audiograms of Amishi’s upcoming book, the introduction and a sneak peek of Are You Recording?

Wishing you a focused and joyful day at work,

Doug, Lara, Rachel, Ty, Staci, Janelle, Mariah, Sarah, Bella, Stacie, Jordan and all of us at Idea Architects.