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Even the briefest break in concentration can have a long-lasting impact on your productivity and mental health.

Disruption may be the hero of the innovation economy, but for the rest of us it can be a negative force. Cubicle walls are coming down; open offices are the new norm. Coupled with the chorus of ever-beeping electronic devices, interruptions are a pervasive aspect of modern work life.

While there’s no doubt disruption is a powerful stimulus for change, at a personal level these distractions take their toll on work accuracy, concentration, safety and even strategic decisions.

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