Michael Hyatt has a helpful interview with Cal Newport, author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (Grand Central, 2016). According to Newport,
Focus is now the lifeblood of this economy.
Why? Because focus is rare and distraction abundant. As Hyatt comments,
Even when we think we are focusing, we usually aren’t. When we work intensely on one problem but do quick “check backs” on email, social media, and the like during breaks, we run into the problem of “attention residue.” Those things come back with us when we return to our core work and make it harder to focus on our most important tasks.
For the balance of Hyatt’s summation of the interview, see his blog. Or, for the full interview, see the recording below: