Emails Lower Your IQ (Intelligence Quotient)

Humans are not particularly good at multi-tasking. Even leaving your email on to interrupt lowers your IQ by 14 points, according to Harvard professor Tal Ben-Shahar. The key to programming is removing from your mind everything that you don’t you need for the microtask at hand. One way to remove mental clutter is to write it down in an electronic todo list, so you can temporarily stop thinking about it. Another is to play music to drown out distracting sounds. Another is writing small modules and classes so you don’t need to juggle many facts to complete the code. Less distraction lets you concentrate.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)