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Meet The Super Taskers

His findings put a new spin on memory lapses, suggesting they may often be due not to recall errors, but a failure to tune out distractions.

Memory is a combination of focus and flow, both of bridge together during multi-tasking. That is, if you’re one of the 2 percent who’s a “Super Tasker.”

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Seneca on ubiquity

“To be everywhere is to be nowhere.”

Seneca

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Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.

— Margaret Atwood
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Mindfulness gets its share of attention

“What’s work, what’s not work, it’s all become blurred.”

Sure has, we’re always on, always working, especially if your phone is also your work phone. You’re a touch away from answering an email.

“Not only do I put fewer things on my to-list but I actually get them done and done well. It’s like I’ve learned that to be more successful and accomplish more, I must first slow down.”

Single-tasking in today’s wired world is the only way to focus. Tim Ferriss recommends to make a list in the morning of the things bothering you and try to only do those things. Everything else just takes care of itself.

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Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.

Debbie Millman
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The Problem With Multitasking

Today’s machines don’t just allow distraction; they promote it. The Web calls us constantly, like a carnival barker, and the machines, instead of keeping us on task, make it easy to get drawn in—and even add their own distractions to the mix. In short: we have built a generation of “distraction machines” that make great feats of concentrated effort harder instead of easier.

Having a computer in our pocket (our Smartphones) also means we’re a vibrate away from checking when we really don’t need to.

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Slow and Distracted

Speed is an indication of focus. Urgency spurs productivity.

Not surprisingly, busier people get more done because they’re already in work mode and want to cross items off their list.

On the contrary, slower movement is typically the result of no deadline or simple insouciance. You want people who work with speed and care.

It’s possible that slower workers could be even more thoughtful, imaginative, and perfectionist, assuming they’re not procrastinating. Sometimes, the best things take time.

But whether it’s a short term or long term goal, there’s always deliverables along the way. The longer you wait, the less likely it is to get done.

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Don’t #Unplug From Technology

This is key: notifications are ambiguous. They no longer tell you what’s important, they simply inform you that there is something new to look at. Like the Pavlovian creatures that we are, we just can’t help but take a peek at what the message could mean.

Turn all app notifications off.  They are complete distractions.  Don’t worry, everything will be ok when you plug back in.   

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Upside of distraction

Monomania is what it sounds like: a pathologically intense focus on one thing. It’s the opposite of the problem you have if your gaze is ever flitting from your Tumblr to your spreadsheet to your baby to rush-hour traffic.

There is no such thing as a perfect working condition.  The world is moving fast, technology is changing.  You can get away and create in isolation but you risk losing the inspiration and random connectedness that comes from distraction.

Focusing on one thing is a nice guideline to productivity but it also stifles innovation.  Sometimes you need to let the mind wander. The unfettered thought is the ultimate brainstorm.

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How to focus in the age of distraction

You hear it all the time. Focus on one thing and ignore everything else. Prioritize to get things done.

But some of the most creative moments and connections come when you’re open to distraction.

The difference between good and bad distraction, however, is that you have to know what you’re looking for.

If you’re working on a marketing or sales project and you spot a pertinent article in the Twitter stream, 30-seconds scanning that article may do more to help your train of thought than impede it. If instead you spend that time “liking” or commenting on friends photos then you will get sucked into distraction and break all productive and creative flow.

Scan, with a keen eye on the important 

It’s ok to bounce between projects and leave your eye open to a little bit of distraction.  This randomness may lead to greater insight and connectedness between ideas.