by Chris Bailey
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Studies show we can work for an average of just forty seconds in front of a computer before we’re either distracted or interrupted. (Needless to say, we do our best work when we attend to a task for a lot longer than forty seconds.)
We all are distracted by something else all the time. Being busy and being productive are two different things. The first thing lacks focus, which makes the work productive.
As many as 40 % of our actions are habits, which shouldn’t require conscious deliberation. That is autopilot mode. We can't manage our attention in autopilot mode.
To swith off autopilot mode -
A perfectly productive person would focus on only the top two quadrants of the above chart. More time on purpose full work, less time on necessary work.
Without selective interest, the experience is utter chaos.
Our brain receives 11 million “bits” of information in the form of sensory experiences each second. But how many of these eleven million bits can our minds consciously process and focus on at once? Just forty of them. Not forty million or forty thousand, but forty.
Our attention space is like the RAM of any computer device.
Meta-awareness: Becoming aware of what you’re thinking about. It will help to clear our RAM to boost our productivity.
Except these we should never try to multitask. Then we only switch task rapidly which creates attention residue, for that it takes 50% more time for the next task.
When we should hyperfocus -
To reduce distractions —
Scatter Focus: Our Brains Hidden Creative Mode
Different style of scatter focus
Here are a few other break activities that may help
As a rule, we should
To connect dots more easily —
It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
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