144 times a day. According to a 2023 survey from Reviews.org, Americans check their phones an average of 144 times a day.
Our phones top the list of the noisy & bedazzling things that divert our attention. Each source of distraction siphons a little more fuel from the engine of our productivity.
In his book Deep Work, author Cal Newport defines deep work as “the ability to focus without distraction on cognitively demanding tasks.” Cal goes on to explain how deep work is difficult to achieve. “Deep work is becoming increasingly rare and increasingly valuable in our economy. The few who cultivate this skill will thrive.”