Whether it’s responding to email, spending time on social media, shopping online or checking train times on the iPhone app – I’ve been wondering whether half an hour spent without interruptions is a thing of the past – at home and at work.
Going offline to focus on completing a task might be the answer. Research shows that multitaskers are less productive than those who do one thing at a time. While technology helps us work together, collaborating in ways that were unimaginable not long ago, it can also be incredibly distracting.
The Guardian tech podcast on 'Single-tasking and digital mindfulness' discusses clever use of technology to make the most of of our working lives and looks at strategies for cognitive load-balancing and harnessing digital to work smarter.
We’ve all been there: trying to complete one simple task while being bombarded by a steady stream of emails, instant messages and texts. And then there’s social media. So are digital technologies beneficial or problematic for our workflow, our careers and our general wellbeing?