“Don’t check your email all the time!”
You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again as a way to improve your productivity and stop being a slave to your inbox.
Obviously, though, that’s way easier said than done. Many of us receive hundreds of emails per day (even hour!), making it more and more difficult to relegate responding to a specific hour of the day.
However, science is now backing up the notion that you really do have to get off of your email account to be more productive at everything you do. In a recent piece for The New York Times, Daniel J. Levitin, a professor at McGill University, discussed his work with collaborator Vinod Menon. The two discovered that due to the brain’s circuitry, humans are constantly switching between two states of awareness: being either task-positive (actively focusing on a task at hand) or task-negative (wandering or daydreaming). “Seesawing” too rapidly between these two networks can leave your brain feeling “dizzy” and unable to commit to either state. Read more…