You're six words into an email when pop! A bright red circle alerts you to an unread Slack message from a co-worker. She's wondering if you've finished up that strategy deck. "I'm working on the final two slides," you begin when you feel your pocket buzz. Your best friend just DM’ed you a beaded gown she's eyeing for her big day. You tap the photo and peruse the rest of the bridal feed, getting lost in layered cakes and flower crowns and wait—are those wedding taco trucks? You peer up from your phone to Google the phenomenon—only to find your abandoned email staring back at you.
With the deluge of daily pop-up notifications and the black hole that is social media, it's a wonder we’re able to get anything done at all. So we asked some PureWow editors who seem to take it all in stride for some productivity advice. Here, their best tips for staying on track in a world full of distractions.