Going to work to answer emails won’t make you a better emailer, just as another five minutes on Twitter won’t improve your social networking game. Email, Twitter, and incoming messages drain our cognitive fitness.
Continuous partial attention fragments our mind and impedes deep thought, which is at the core of doing meaningful work.
How are we alive if all we do is process tasks?
Digital knowledge work seems to be typing into little boxes all day. We confuse distraction with busyness.
If we are the CEO of us, perhaps we need better focus engines to keep our eyes on the donut and not the donut hole.