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Why It's So Hard to Focus at Work

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Distracted every 10 minutes

On average, employees who do the majority of their work on computers are distracted almost every ten minutes.

Most of the interruptions are external - an incoming email or a colleague stopping by to chat. But a significant proportion also comes from the in...

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It is commonly known that when our attention is divided, it's harder to get things done. What's surprising is that so few of us use this common idea in our workdays.

It's not just productivity that suffers when workers are constantly interrupted, but research found that pe...

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For many corporations, task switching has become a requirement of the job.

  • One study points out that time spent on collaborative activities has increased by 50% over the past two decades.
  • Open office floor plans are still common, but the

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Collaboration and communication are essential in the workspace, as well as social connections. But a balance is required between focused productivity and connectedness.

Meetings, email, real-time chat are all habits. And habits can be changed. Changing one keystone hab...

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  • Set a maximum time your team spends in meetings. It can help your team rethink which meetings are necessary.
  • Have your team mark off time for deep work on their calendars. Hold that time sacred.
  • Have the team list the one important...

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