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Twofer Tuesday: On Irksome Interruptions & Digital Distractions

Technology is a marvellous thing. Yet it’s something of a Pandora’s box when it comes to the perils of hyperconnectivity. With so much emphasis on multitasking, we’ve lost the invaluable ability to single-task. This Twofer dives into the dangers of distractions and interruptions — and comes up with some answers as to how we can reclaim our lives.

Habit-us Interruptus

In most discussions about technology, people can’t help but mention, along with its merits, its problems. For every time-saving, interconnected convenience it offers, technology also throws up obstacles and challenges: added stress, reduced focus, the inability to disconnect.

There’s not much we can do to force others to unplug. But we aren’t powerless to change our habits. There are ways to stop jumping at every ping — to stop interrupting ourselves.

Read: Are You a Self-Interrupter?

Distraction Crackdown

Do you ever feel like you’re spending more time fielding interruptions at work than actually doing your job?

If you’re constantly busy but not nearly as productive as you’d like, it’s safe to assume you’re living an interrupted work life. And that’s not okay — at least not in the long term.

Buzzing from one thing to another, or multitasking to try to do everything at once, has negative consequences for your overall performance and even your health. The question is: What are you going to do about it?

Read: Reclaim Your Time

Psst: Have you joined our Tools for the Time-Crunched Manager LinkedIn group? It’s designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day challenges of your workday.

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