At the turn of the 20th century, we had invented so many productive machines that many speculated that someday their grandchildren (i.e. us) may never have to work again.
Instead, we have become less productive while spending more hours at work.
Worse, because we live in a plugged-in world, everyone, especially Millennials, is expected to be available 24/7.
Here’s the thing, there is zero research that supports that spending more time on something makes you more productive.
The problem is when we don’t disconnect there is a subconscious level of stress that hangs on a person’s soul.
“What if there is an emergency and they need me?”
Urgent isn’t the same as important.
We are not performing our best at work when we are thinking about home (or the weekend). And we are shortchanging our loved ones when we occupy our minds with work.
We can significantly reduce cognitive load by doing one thing at a time. Better yet, by choosing to do less.