With dashboard design its important to not overdo it, but to keep a balance between elements that try to get users shifting attention. There are various methods to address this.

Dashboard designs can contend to users shifting intentions for example by taking advantage of the generation effect.

This is achieved by providing users with the ability to customise their own dashboard.

Another technique to employ is the addition of marks, such as asterisks, or other eye catching shapes, or changes in color strength or color saturation.

Marks and colors can also be combined, which is a useful method for dynamically changing information. While very effective, this method should be used sparingly, and only in most important cases as it can easily defeat its purpose. Think of the “boy who cried wolf”.