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Twofer Tuesday: On Learning & Productivity

We live in a busy world. From gadgets to devices, not to mention what seem like constantly increasing demands on our time, distractions abound, and it’s hard not lose our focus. And it doesn’t get any easier as our minds and bodies age. But that doesn’t mean it’s game over. These Twofers explore the ways we can improve learning skills as adults and optimize our focus to achieve greater productivity.

Old Dog, Old Tricks? Think Again

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. (You know, the older I get, the less partial I am to that saying!) While it may be different to master new skills later in life, that doesn’t mean the young pups of the world have the market on learning.

In this Atlantic article, author and education researcher Ulrich Boser weighs in on what we can do later in life to boost our memories and improve our skill sets.

Read: How to Learn New Things as an Adult

Ready, Set, Achieve!

Staying focused in a world of digital diversions is a challenge for the best of us. But it isn’t impossible.

In his new book, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, Georgetown University professor Cal Newport shows what we can all do to optimize our focus and become more productive.

Read: Deep Work: The Secret to Achieving Peak Productivity

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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