CHAPTER 15

Five Ways to Minimize Office Distractions

by Joseph Grenny

Bad news for the self-proclaimed multitasker: research continues to debunk the myth that you can productively do more than one task at a time. The human brain simply isn’t designed to function this way. Attempting to divide your focus increases stress and decreases performance.

Unfortunately, however, most workplaces are not conducive to focus. They are full of urgent and attractive interruptions that reduce our ability to devote attention in a way that produces both high-quality results and pleasurable engagement. Evidence of our attention’s fragility continues to mount. A ringing phone damages productivity, but even a small vibration can impose a substantial cognitive tax. ...

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