Media Multitasking Is Hurting Your Productivity

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Media Multitasking Is Hurting Your Productivity

You just started drafting a report for your boss when you remember that email you never finished replying to. Once you press send, your phone lights up with a new Instagram like, and you remember that you missed your friend's birthday...again. Before you know it, the rabbit hole of technology has set you back an hour.If you think you've mastered the art of multitasking, think again. According to Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist at the University of California, your brain simply isn't optimized for split attention. Your prefrontal cortex is most challenged, followed by the visual and auditory areas of your brain, as well as the hippocampus. When you disrupt this system, you're bound to make mistakes and take much longer to complete important tasks.

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Key Facts to Know

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    Multi-tasking is an illusion; you're actually just very quickly switching between two ideas. 0:16

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    Your EQ is your emotional intelligence. 2:47

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    Women perform multi-tasking better than men do, but only in certain situations. 3:52

The Ivy Lee Method Is The 100-Year-Old Productivity Secret

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The Ivy Lee Method Is The 100-Year-Old Productivity Secret

Procrastination is a stranger to no one, something that a man named Ivy Lee knew quite well. In 19181, Lee, who was a productivity consultant and is regarded as a pioneer in public relations, had a meeting with Charles Schwab, who was one of the richest men in the world at the time. Schwab was looking to up the efficiency of his team. Lee gave Schwab his five-step method, and told Schwab to pay him what he thinks he deserves after three months of his method in action. Ninety days later, Schwab paid Lee the equivalent of $400,000 in today's dollars.

For Better Productivity, Work In 90-Minute Spurts

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For Better Productivity, Work In 90-Minute Spurts

What's more effective: working nonstop for five hours, or working in three 90-minute intervals interspersed with 20-minute breaks? For many office workers—those who skip lunch and don't leave their desks until 5—it might seem like the first option is best. But according to science, that's not the case.

Cute Animal Pictures Increase Productivity

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Cute Animal Pictures Increase Productivity

Perhaps all it takes to increase productivity at work is a picture of a cute puppy, according to recent studies.