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This article: 'The Two Things Killing Your Ability to Focus' gives useful tips on how we can stay more focussed.
The author describes waking up and being in a digital haze that continued throughout the day, keeping him from accomplishing important tasks. (Sound familiar?). He suggests the two major challenges that are destroying our ability to focus are that we increasingly are overwhelmed with distractions flying at us from various connected devices. We now use digital media for an average of over 12 hours per day. And then at the office, we rely excessively on meetings as the default form of interaction with other people at work. We can spend from 35–55 percent of our time, and sometimes more, in meetings.
He suggests five daily practices:
* Practice mindfulness.
* Organize tasks
* Clean up
* Shrink meetings
* Preserve buffers
Staying focused at work is not easy, but it is doable. These five practical techniques will help you stay on task, accomplish what matters, and enjoy yourself more throughout the day.