Sustained focus increases productivity

up:: Attention MOC

”Fear is not the mind-killer, context switching is.” – Elon Musk

Task switching makes work last 50% longer

One study found that when switching tasks it takes 50% longer for a project to be completed rather than just working through it start to finish.

That is because there is always a bit of attentional residue. Let’s say, I work on designing the website for work. Halfway through I switch to discussing the groceries with my wife. A part of my brain is still on the website when talking to my wife.

It takes 22 minutes to resume working on a task after we’re interrupted

That’s on average. Even worse, when we interrupt ourselves, it takes 29 minutes to re-focus on our task.