"Clearing your head of distractions in order to notice and understand the people you are with can feel inefficient - there are so many other people and issues to think about. But being present makes you effective."
For a little while now I have been focusing on being in the present. For me that means when I am out with people turning my ringer off and putting my cell phone away. It also means stopping the never ending mental to-do list that seems to always distract me when I was out an about. It is learning to enjoy that moment when there is no distraction coming from within, even if that moment is a very fleeting one.