This book review is part of a series that covers the topic of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and ADHD). Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a disorder characterized by a difficulty in retaining focus, especially on tasks, for long periods of time and interfering especially with academic, occupational, and social performance. Geraldine Markel Ph.D. is the Official Guide to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and ADHD).

Defeating the 8 Demons of Distraction: Proven Strategies to Increase Productivity and Decrease Stress, by Geraldine Markel, is a valuable resource for people interested in Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and ADHD), and it is available through and Barnes & Noble.

Book Description

Are distractions sabotaging your efforts to get ahead? Do you feel like you’re constantly plagued by technology or interruptions by others? Lurking around us are forces—labeled demons—that interrupt our flow of attention and psychic energy …

and it’s time to fight back!

This book is designed to arm workforce employees, independent professionals, and family managers with simple, yet powerful strategies to defeat the 8 Demons of Distraction. Whatever your special life circumstances, you can use this book to reduce everyday distractions and needless mistakes.

Find an in-depth description of each Demon, its sources, and insidious effects. Learn to:

  • reduce distractions
  • increase productivity
  • enhance work/life satisfaction
  • decrease stress

    Practical, step-by-step strategies will help you rid your life of formidable enemies such as: The “Technology Demon”, The “Unruly Mind Demon”, The “Activities Demon”, and five others. Find a research-based, proven plan of attack to decrease stress and increase your daily effectiveness at home and on the job.


    Title: Defeating the 8 Demons of Distraction
    Sub-Title: Proven Strategies to Increase Productivity and Decrease Stress
    Author: Geraldine Markel, Ph.D.
    Publisher: Managing Your Mind, LLC
    ISBN: 978-0-9791279-4-6
    Genre: Non-Fiction/Personal Management/Self-Help
    Presentation: Soft cover

    All of us get distracted at times. However, when the distractions become one too many and thus disrupt our work, our homes, our live style etc., stress is the result. Our jobs and our family life get affected adversely. All of us would have wished at some time or other that we had a good mentor and coach to guide us how to deal with the battle against the demons of distraction. This book is an answer to our wishes.

    In a short space of 10 Chapters spread over 138 pages, Geraldine Markel takes us through a seminar on the 8 Demons of Distraction and successful strategies to fight and defeat the demons. The book can be read in about a day of say 8 to 10 hours with short breaks for tea and lunch. Thus it is like attending a 1-day seminar. However, you need not travel and spend money on hotels etc. In the comfort of your home, you can read and reread the book and thus save a lot of time, energy and money!

    If the above sounds like a sales pitch, I may be forgiven but I was really impressed with the simple, lucid and reader-friendly style of the book. I was delighted with the case studies presented by the author and
    was inspired by the success stories when the people practiced the strategies presented in the book. So, if you practice what you read, you too are sure to succeed. Here are a few chapter titles: The 8 Demons of
    Distraction, Your Attention Reservoir and Arsenal, Defeating the Technology Demon, Defeating the Others Demon etc. Chapter 10 is a good summary of the strategies.

    Normally management and self-help books are not easy to read, especially since I have a rather short attention span! However, the highly readable style of this book held my attention sufficiently so that I could read it in the space of a few days after a long day of work.

    This book would make a good present to any one (employee, home maker, business man, student), who finds that distractions are affecting their lives adversely. So, buy it for yourself and or some one you care for.

    by S.V.Swamy from


    Feeling distracted from your work? Procrastinating again? If so, read Dr. Geraldine Markel’s newest book, /Defeating the 8 Demons of Distraction: Proven Strategies to Increase Productivity and Decrease Stress/. Distractibility plagues most of us; occasionally for some, constantly for others. Dr. Markel provides a thorough exploration of this common problem and addresses the different ways that people over-focus or under-focus. She provides universally helpful tools for focusing attention on essential tasks with ease and efficiency. Dr. Markel has written a great book with useful ideas and terrific solutions. Don’t put it off any longer! Order this book immediately!!

    Brandi Roth, Ph.D.

    Psychologist, educator, and seminar presenter in Beverly Hills, California; author of /Choosing the Right School for Your Child/, /Secrets to School Success—Guiding Your Child Through a Joyous Learning Experience/, and /Role Play Handbook, Understanding and Teaching the New Reality Therapy, Counseling with Choice Theory.

    “If you feel that you are not on top of things at work, home, or play, then this book is for you. The author has focused in on areas that plague many of us in the form of demons that interfere with our ability to maximize our efforts. Here you will be able to identify these demons and more importantly, discover ways of getting rid of them on the way to a full, less distracted, and productive life. Read this book before you
    are distracted by anything else.”

    Percy Bates, Ph.D., Former Director, U.S. Office of Special Education Programs
    Professor of Special Education, University of Michigan

  • Author's Bio: 

    This book review is part of a series that covers the topic of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and ADHD). The Official Guide to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and ADHD) is Geraldine Markel Ph.D.. Geraldine Markel, Ph.D. is principal of Managing Your Mind Coaching & Seminars, LLC, which provides results-oriented, work/life and performance enhancement programs for leaders and their staffs. Dr. Markel specializes in working with idea generators to keep them on target and to ward off unnecessary distractions. She coaches adults and adolescents with ADD and/or learning disabilities and specializes in working with independent professionals, writers, and graduate students.

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