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Deal With Interruptions As Soon As They Arrive To Boost Focus

We’ve always said you shouldn’t check email too often and that even a three-second distraction can be hazardous for productivity. Leo Widrich, cofounder of Buffer, disagrees and has found it useful to heed Zen Habits’ author Leo Babauta’s mantra for interruptions: “Deal with it only once.”


Get A Bigger Mental Boost From Drinking Coffee By Timing It With Naps

Caffeine is a wonderful tool to combat our natural energy swings during the day. However, we get less and less of the cognitive benefits of drinking coffee over time, thanks to caffeine tolerance. One strategy for maximum focus is to switch up your coffee routine and combine it with the restorative powers of a nap.


Limitless Tracks How Productive You Are Online, Motivates You To Focus

Chrome: How productive are you, really, when you’re online? Unless you track your time, you might not really know. Limitless is a new extension that not only tracks your browsing habits, it also inspires you to complete your goals.


Blue Light May Be Better Than Coffee For Boosting Brain Power

As you probably already know, caffeine, especially when taken at the right time, boosts alertness and can improve your focus. New research suggests, however, that you could get even better brain benefits and more energy from being exposed to blue light.


Don't Force Yourself To Focus Too Early In Your Career

Becoming a specialist in an area is a great way to become valuable in the job market. The fewer people that are able to do your job, the more valuable you are. However, as entrepreneur Stef Lewandowski points out, you don’t necessarily have to pick a specialty as soon as possible.


How I Turned My iPhone Into A Simple, Distraction-Free Device

When people see my iPhone they say “Man, do you have some kind of crazy phone virus?” It has no web browser. No email. No Twitter, no Instagram, no Facebook.” No, the phone isn’t broken. I actually did it on purpose.


Ask LH: How Can I Improve My Short Attention Span?

Dear Lifehacker, I find myself getting bored with even simple things. Sitting in a meeting or class, going to the movies and sitting in one place for three hours, even going to a concert — they all sound like fun, but I hate the idea of doing one single thing for hours on end. I’m usually OK once I’m actually doing any of them though! How can I improve my fragmented attention span so getting into these things isn’t so difficult?


Meditate Without Sitting Still: Turn Everyday Actions Into A Practice

Many of us think of meditation as sitting cross-legged and silent for a long period of time. But you can gain the many important benefits of meditation through your everyday activities — in stillness or in movement.


'The More You Fear Missing Out, The More You Actually Miss Out'

The world provides a lot of opportunities and gives us the chance to try many great things. Doing so, however, can stretch our time too thin. As Adam Grant, professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania, points out, when we gain almost nothing when we try everything.


Write Notes Before Making A Phone Call To Stay Focused

Phone calls are increasingly seen to be cumbersome now that text messages have replaced most brief calls. If you’re going to take the time to call someone, have a list of talking points ready.