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Books & Resources

We have compiled this list of reading and study materials to help you learn more about being detail oriented. It is growing regularly.

**MUST HAVE** Note

We’ve added this note to books you absolutely must have if you are serious about being more detail oriented or building a more effective and detail oriented workplace.

Books about Attention to Detail and Being Detail Oriented

The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande **MUST HAVE**

Aside from being a great starting point for the importance of being detail oriented, this book is an easy read because Gawande uses numerous interesting and suspenseful real-life anecdotes to drive his points home. As the title hints, his top tool for attention to detail is a checklist, and he details the best ways to use them to your advantage.

Your Brain at Work, David Rock **MUST HAVE**

Your Brain at Works makes it easy to understand how and why your brain performs (or doesn’t). It walks readers through the science and psychology of why a person naturally does or does not perform well under specific work and personal circumstance.  It covers topics such as multi-tasking, accuracy of work, and attention to detail. 

Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi **MUST HAVE**

Flow — you might think of it as being in “the zone” — is what Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi calls the state in which we are having the “optimal experience.” We lose track of time, our sense of self dissipates, we are challenged yet confident of our success. Flow is where true productivity happens and where we enjoy ourselves the most. Time flies when you’re having fun this book — and his research — is among the most truly interesting and insightful in the last several decades.

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, Daniel Goleman

“Thorough” might be a great single-word description of this book. It starts by developing an understand of attention and focus then moves on to delve into focus from multiple angles including self-awareness, how we interact with others, how we react to external stimuli, practicing and improving focus, and focus as it relates to business and leadership. It is an excellent book for any goal-oriented person.

Delivering Knock Your Socks Off Service, Performance Research Associates

This book is 31 short chapters about delivering amazing customer service, which involves outstanding attention to detail.  The book makes mention of the importance of attention to detail and how the organization’s leaders can drive the critical component through all the people affecting customers. Buy Delivering Knock Your Socks Off Service

Apps to Help Improve Attention to Detail

Immersion (on Android) — Free

This is a version of the Schulte table in which you find and touch as quickly as possible the randomized numbers in order from 1 to ?, depending on the table size you have chosen. In Immersion, you can choose from various table sizes from 2×2 to 10×10.  It is great for concentration and for training your eyes and mind for searching for patterns and numbers. It tracks time and keeps interesting statistics for your review. You can find it here.

Focus Trainer (on Android) — Free

Focus Trainer improves concentration and is kind of fun. Flies or bees (or whatever) fly across your net (a small center region) at various speeds and various levels of visibility. You must trap them when the fly into your net. You can get it here.