The Attention Economy Cheat Sheet

Emi Garzitto 
Creative Edge Consulting 
 
The Attention Economy Cheat Notes 
  • Take small steps 

     

  • Repeat them daily 

     

  • Reinforce success 

     

  • Create consistent routines 

     

  • Do less 

     

  • Have less 

     

  • Eat meals together with no electronic devices including the TV 

     

  • Have 30 minute family time where all electronic devices are shut off and everyone is gathered in the same location 

     

  • Initiate 20 minute family walks 

     

  • Work together on a project – puzzles, Lego buildings, art projects, baking, ect 

     

 
Take Care of You and Your Primary Relationship 
  • Your behaviour predicts your home environment. The most important way to manage your children’s stress is to take care and manage your own stress. 

     

  • Your connection with your primary relationship matters.  Even if you don’t fight or argue in front of your children,  your disconnect will have a physiological response for the children in your home.  

     

 
Movement 
  • Makes us better learners 

     

  • Grows longer, stronger dendrites 

     

  • Promotes neurogenesis – growth of new brain cells 

     

  • Executive functioning gets turned on in physical activity 

     

  • Our neural chemistry changes when we get active 

     

  • Exercise considered a treatment for depression 

     

  • Increases production of GABA receptors which cools things off, natural stress inhibitor 

     

  • Fitness based activity versus sport based activity 

     

  • A child “acting out” requires more physical activity 

     

 
Home Strategies 
  • Practice the language of resiliency in your homes. You are responsible for your feelings.  It is your job to teach people how to treat you. 

     

  • Manage your own stress.  When you take care of yourself, you are taking care of your whole family. 

     

  • Encourage healthy eating and model good snacks – complex carbs and proteins versus processed foods and simple carbs. 

     

  • Repeat material to mastery and honor the process of repeating material and learning from mistakes. 

     

  • Create intense learning opportunities – the greater the intensity the more impact it has on your brain. 

     

  • Repetition is important.  It takes 10-31k to create new neural pathways. 

     

  • Have 3 minute high intensity aerobic/ movement breaks. 

     

  • Eat meals together with no electronic devices including the TV 

     

  • Have 30 minute family time where all electronic devices are shut off and everyone is gathered in the same location 

     

  • Initiate 20 minute family walks 

     

  • Work together on a project – puzzles, Lego buildings, art projects, baking, ect 

     

 
Executive Function 
  • Part of the brain the helps connect past experience with present action. It is responsible for helping you: 

     

  • Make Plans 

     

  • Keep track of time and complete tasks 

     

  • Keep focus of two thoughts or more 

     

  • Include past knowledge in present discussions 

     

  • Reflect and evaluate work and behaviour 

     

  • Work with others 

     

  • Manage feelings 

     

 
Digital Use Recommendations 
  • 0-3 years – Everything except video chatting, high quality TV programming. 

     

  • 3-5 years One hour a day, watch with child, avoid apps, fast paced programs.  

     

  • 6 years and up – one hour or more physical activity, 10-12 hours of sleep every night, No more than 20 hours of gaming/app play a week. 

     

 
General Recommendations:  
  • Avoid using devices as a way to calm child down. 

     

  • No screen time one hour before bed. 

     

  • Bedrooms/mealtimes/parent-child playtimes should be screen free. 

     

 
Top Three Activities 
  1. Eat together, plan meals, eat the same meal as a family, and focus on whole foods, fats and proteins. 

     

  1. Have chores that are required for all family members. 

     

  1. Spend non distracted, focused time with children, and all primary relationships. 

     

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References 
Zeynep Tufekci: http://technosociology.org  
Nicholas Carr: The Shallows http://www.nicholascarr.com 
Jane McGonigal: https://janemcgonigal.com 
 
 
 
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