If you do two things at the same time, both things will suffer.
Email, texting, social media, managing tasks.
The average office worker gets interrupted every 11 minutes.
Yet it takes 25 minutes to return to the original task before the interruption.
In tests conducted by the University of California, interrupted groups answered questions correctly 20% less often.
It’s not just that multitasking is an addiction, but that it is adversely affecting our brainpower.
Prepare for distractions by consciously expecting them.
Research shows you’ll actually outperform people who get no interruptions at all.
Expecting distractions but – and this is important – also being aware of that expectation constantly is one of the most effective ways to deal with distractions.
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