The complex made simple graphs of attention reflection for personal and professional clarity.
Here’s a tool that will help bring some much-needed clarity to your working and personal life.
The ‘Graphs of attention’ tool can help you see patterns and trends and enable you to prioritize your personal domain and work life. It is particularly beneficial because it enables you to:
- Reduce the overwhelming nature of complex data
- Undertake analytical thinking
- Make informed choices where there are criteria that appear to compete
- Create a visual approach where otherwise only auditory information is available.
How it works
The tool centres around producing a graph that allows you to explore different aspects of an issue or question that you are wanting to think about in detail, Click here to see it. The careful selection of axes brings powerful insights and helps you to separate the key issues from the things that do not matter as much.
It usually takes about 10 minutes to produce your graph and after that a further 20 minutes of analysis is needed to process what the graph reveals. It can be helpful to work with a colleague as you analyse your graph, and if you’re not innately analytical you might want to get some help selecting appropriate axes for the graph. Another person that can ask open questions can be a real asset as you work through your ideas.
Suggested criteria for the axes include the following:
- Urgent v. important
- Potential v. current performance
- Effectiveness of idea v. time to implement it
- Professional development v. life-work balance
- Extra-curricular activities v. Teaching activities
- Cost v. benefit
- Benefit now v. benefit in the future
- Physical resources v. people resources
You can enhance the insight by adding a further dimension to the graph. For example, you could ask: ‘What might happen if…?’ types of questions, which can be helpful when considering alternative scenarios and speculative plans.