There is one reliable study that I read about knowledge workers and the finding is that these workers face a distraction every 11 minutes on average, and that once distracted, it takes them 25 minutes to get back to the task at hand.
20-40% of a worker's productivity is eaten up by "task switching" - that is, the time it takes to mentally re-engage when shifting from one task to another. This actually decreasing output 😅. We live in a world of perpetual distraction. The unimportant and the trivial consume time we should spend doing significant, meaningful work... We neglect to focus.
Each of us faces demands beyond our control. People make requests, ask for assistance and 'urgent' emails. All of these probably valid explanations for why it is hard to focus (social media, on the other hand, although addictive can be controlled). But they are not an excuse for being unfocused.
The goal of anyone who wants to act as a LEADER is to move beyond the perpetual distractions we face and FOCUS ON WHAT REALLY MATTERS
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