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Productivity Through Singular Focus


Dr. Emma Seppälä




Multitasking is considered a valuable if not crucial learned skill. It’s something to boastfully place on a resume for job applications, and one of the main ways teachers and employers encourage their students and staff to complete their work on time.


In order to be successful, people often think they have to constantly be achieving constantly going from one thing to the next crossing things off of their to do list. But as a consequence, they're not in the present moment. And their productivity would be so much greater if they stayed present, as well as their performance on their tasks. What's more, is that their relationships would improve drastically. 

So what research on charisma shows is that highly charismatic people are people who are able to be so fully present with other people. And that's what leads to that incredible connection and that influence that they have. Research shows that our mind actually wanders about 50% of the time. And research also shows that when our mind is wandering, we are never as happy as when our mind is in the present moment. So if your mind is in the future, worrying about something that's going to happen, or in the past, because you're regretting something, or angry at somebody, you're more likely to feel more negative emotions.

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