What is Attention Residue and Why is It Your Worst Enemy?
Too Long; Didn't ReadPicture this: you've just started the workday. Your first port of call was to check Slack or Teams for any urgent messages. It took a while, but you've finally managed to clear your inbox – and now you're one hour into the first major project of the day.
Your focus playlist is playing at the perfect volume. The keyboard is on fire, you're typing so fast; thoughts flow seamlessly from your brain to the screen. It's the fabled flow state. Nothing can stop you now.
But a thought suddenly occurs to you: what about those concert tickets you forgot to buy last night? Better get them now before they sell out. It'll only take a few minutes and then you can get back to work.
There's a problem, however. When you've purchased the tickets and turned back to your project, it feels as though your entire psyche has shifted. Which part were you up to, again? What was that detail you wanted to remember for the next slide? And wait – who else should you invite to the concert?
...Oops. It's safe to say that the flow state is gone for the day.
Let's talk about exactly what's going on here on a psychological level.