Cut off the interruptions
You can actually get more done today in the same time today with one simple life-hack: Cut off all interruptions when you’re doing your work. Easier said than done, I know.
Research has found that multitasking actually makes us less productive. Our brains can’t multitask, what it actually does is rapidly toggle between tasks, rather than process them all simultaneously.
The fancy word for this is “continuous partial attention.” When people do multiple things at once, they perform more slowly and less accurately than if they focused on a single task at a time.
Continuous interruptions are as good as “continuous partial attention.” When you’re interrupted, whether by a colleague dropping in at your desk, or by you checking Facebook for “just a minute”, your focus is broken from the task at hand.
There’s no app to help you lock your office door, but there are other ways to lock out interruptions. In real life, you can go somewhere secluded to do your work (if you have the luxury).
If you can’t escape your desk, try a pair of noise-cancelling ear buds that block sound out, like the Bose QuietComfort 20.
To block off all online distractions, try the app Freedom. It lets you block Internet connections for a period that you choose, so you can’t even go online to watch cat videos when you’re supposed to focus.