Stop Starting; Start Finishing!
Now you know that multitasking is inherently inefficient. Forget the idea that it’s somehow an efficient way to work. Instead, adopt this agile mentality: “Stop starting; start finishing!” Figure out what you already have in progress, finish those items that need to be finished (beginning with the most important), and jettison the rest. Only when you have a clean slate should you start working on something new.
The need for gaining control over smartphones and other devices, in both our personal and professional lives, is greater today than ever before. As a society, we’re losing our ability to set aside dedicated time in order to engage deeply in an activity, whether we’re reading a book for pleasure or contributing to the success of a project. Don’t let your helpful technology become weapons of mass distraction.