How to do ‘deep work’ when you’re up to your elbows in email

Abby Trexler, SVP, Client Service 

We pay a small price every day for the constant distractions in our lives and in our work. While it may only take a minute to reply to an email or instant message, these moments add up, and unfortunately, the total value is much greater than the sum of its parts.

As a consequence of our always on, always connected work style in the digital economy, deep work is becoming almost non-existent.

Deep work, which is an extended period of highly-focused work, is essential to reaching our peak performance. Studies show that when people are distracted from cognitively-demanding work, their performance drops once they return to that work, likely because it takes time to re-engage. This so-called “attention residue” inhibits optimal productivity and efficacy.

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