Why Focus is Your Competitive Advantage at Work (plus 19 ways to actually do it)
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44% of work distractions are self-inflicted and another 23% come from emails.
That means you have complete control to cut out (or at least drastically reduce) 67% of the productivity-killing distractions that derail your entire workday.
The number one skill that will set you apart from 99% of the world’s highly distractible knowledge workers is the ability to ruthlessly single-task.
It’s a concrete way to make sure that you’re only working on what you intentionally decided to be working on.
Use several separate desktop spaces as an alternative to one tab. One for communication, the other for different projects planned for the day.
Work offline whenever possible.
Schedule your email time.Handle any emails that will take 2-minutes or less. Add everything else to your to-do list to focus on later.
There is always a temptation to multi-task that will interfere with your focus.
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