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Can Task Control Lead to Weight Control?

Both the One Minute To-Do List system and the MYN system enable an important thing: getting tasks out of your head. This is incredibly important because if you try to carry all of your to-dos in memory, you’ll add to your sense of anxiety, which leads to physical stress and health issues—and it can even lead to weight problems. Why weight problems?

Stress Hormone Cortisol Leads to Weight Gain

When our brain loses track of what tasks are due it enters a general state of stressful overwhelm, and the primitive part of our brain called the reptilian brain actually interprets that as being under attack. As a result, the brain releases the stress hormone cortisol in an attempt to heighten our ability to sense and respond to danger.

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Turn Off Outlook's Blue Box E-mail Notifications

In nearly every class I teach I advise all participants to turn off Outlook’s blue box e-mail notification. You know what I mean; it’s the 2-inch wide blue rectangular box that pops up every time an e-mail comes in; officially it’s called a desktop alert, but no matter what you call it, it’s bad for your productivity—so turn that thing off!

Why it’s So Bad for You

Why turn it off? Well, the trouble with that box is it displays just enough of the message to entice and then wrench your attention completely away from your current high priority work—it’s an interruption. Research shows it can take up to five minutes for a worker to adequately refocus on a task after an interruption, so as these things pop up every 5 or 10 minutes, or even more often, guess what—your productivity is getting hosed.

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