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While it is possible to quickly move from one project to another, it’s not through multitasking—it’s through a deliberate process Moore and Hammerness have dubbed set-shifting. “Set-shifting is the notion that when your shift your focus, you shift all of it to the next thing,” says Moore. “You don’t pollute the next task with thoughts or worries from the previous.” Rather than being in a confusing and constant state of working on everything, you’re deliberately stopping one task and moving on to the next, then stopping that task and moving on to the next, guaranteeing that you’re always fully invested in what’s in front of you.
So when you hit pause on the workout DVD to help your child with a division problem, you’re not still thinking about the finer mechanics of a pushup as you try to explain how many times six goes into 40. You switch tasks and reorient your focus, promising yourself that when you do return to the previous activity it’ll be with renewed motivation and new insights about how to improve your performance.
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