Kathy's got some great tips on staying alert even when you can't.
Sure, we'd all like to think that we're all awareness ninjas, in Condition Orange at all times, ready to spring into action. Truth is, if you really were in condition Orange all the time, they'd be squirting Thorazine down your throat with a turkey baster in under a month. Sooner if you have kids. I try to stay alert and aware of my surroundings, and I usually am "that guy", the one that insists on sitting with his back to the wall and scans any room he's in repeatedly.
But even I know that I'm not always at full alertness. Whether it's because I'm trying to keep the kids from fighting at the grocery store or responding to a text while waiting in line, I know that there are times when my attention is not fully on my surroundings. Kathy's excellent post reminds us that even when we can't pay full attention, there are steps we can take to minimize our time in Condition White.
Go, read, save for later and read again, it's just that good.
That is all.