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Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE -

Re­search also shows that the av­er­age per­son can main­tain solid fo­cus for an hour, but not much longer than that with­out need­ing to take a break. So, in­stead of block­ing out four hours to tackle a project — that you re­peat­edly skip, try to cre­ate a 30-minute win­dow in the morn­ing and an­other one in the af­ter­noon that you safe­guard re­li­giously.

To help you from be­ing dis­tracted, make sure to stay away from email or so­cial me­dia or any­thing else dur­ing your des­ig­nated block of work time. Tech­nol­ogy can kid­nap our time. For in­stance, just when I thought I was get­ting a han­dle on my so­cial me­dia out­reach — con­sis­tently post­ing con­tent on Linkedin, Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram, my young daugh­ter Lulu marched in fresh from get­ting a phone for her 11th birth­day (don’t judge).

She in­formed me I’m noth­ing with­out Tik Tok. What the heck is that? I’ll fig­ure whether I want to get com­mu­ni­cat­ing on that platform af­ter I ac­com­plish my small goal for the day. A BUDDY:

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