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Attention Residue

Attention Residue

Attention Residue: Attention residue occurs when we switch between tasks, leaving a fragment of our attention on the previous task, even after moving on to a new one. This residue impairs our ability to fully engage in deep work. The book advises reducing task-switching and avoiding distractions to maintain focus and improve performance.


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