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Schedule a “buffer zone” — say, 15 to 30 minutes before and after each significant task.
This builds in the breaks you need to be effective and acknowledges that all tasks require some kind of mental and physical transition time. It also helps you tend to unexpected items that crop up during the day.
We get the sense, because there is so much on our plate, that we have to be able to do a number of things simultaneously.
But the energy signal in a human’s focusing system is binary. You are either focused or you are not. If you have 10 balls in the air, nine of them are in free fall.
Designate specific hours for work, family, and self-care, and don’t let them bleed into each other.
Writing staff performance reviews or answering emails while trying to interact with someone you love doesn’t give either commitment the attention it deserves.
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