We have many more distractions in our digital age than ever before in history. It’s hard to concentrate. Some experts are now saying we should reverse the order of our workload in order to be more productive.
Dr. David Rock, author of Your Brain at Work, suggests we do the stuff that takes concentration or creativity early in the day and leave mindless tasks like deleting email for later in the day. You don’t need as much brainpower for those things.
Doing the mindless work first and building up to the toughest tasks drains your energy and lowers your focus. Do your thinking early in the day — and mindless stuff later on.