The end of the year still seems far away, with a lot to get done in the meantime. If you're feeling like you're in a rut, or just want to make the most out of the remainder of the year, maybe it's a good time to think about how to dig in at work and make sure you're being as effective as you can. Call it 'deep work.' Call it 'single tasking.' The name doesn't matter, but ask yourself - can you truly focus on what you're doing, or are the 15 tabs open at the top of your computer pulling you into the digital vortex of insanely interesting stuff out there? If you're like most of us, you find it difficult to stay focused. So practice some simple techniques to help you get back on track!
 
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What we're reading:
'For a session to count as deep work, there must be zero distractions.' No checking your email or answering a text; no popping over to a secondary assignment to give yourself a quick break. Just deep work on one topic. If it sounds tough, check out this brief NYTimes Smarter Living article to both learn why it is important, and to get the top 4 rules on how to do it.
What we're watching:
This  video from ' The Atlantic' never fails to make us laugh. Why? Because we've all been there! A slight tangent on a study session leads you to meerkats, which lead you to starting a campaign to save the three-toed sloth, and suddenly you find yourself perusing old photos on Facebook, and, wait, weren't you trying to write a paper?
What we're looking at:
Are you more of a visual learner? Check out this infographic on 'The High Cost of Multitasking' from Inc.com. It just may convince you that it's time to buckle down and practice a little deep work!


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