Focus! The call for singletasking

target-1As we described in this blog post, one of the key challenges for modern knowledge workers is being in flow: reaching the mental state needed to get work done for which concentration is needed. This post of WebWorkerDaily is about singletasking: focussing on one task at a time, trying to avoid interruptions of other tasks – thus increasing the possibilities for flow. The article discusses three ways to help yourself to singletask: avoid task management tools that constantly remind you of all the other things you should do, use only one tab and use only one screen.

When I need to be in flow, I also switch off my e-mail notifications, log out from Skype and Twitter and make sure my physical desktop is clean. What do you do to get in the flow?

(cross-posted on the Future Workspaces teamblog)

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