We Asked 34 Female Founders Their Secret to a Productive Day—Here's Their #1 Tip

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It's 3 p.m. and your eyes start darting away from your screen and the long list of tasks ahead. Maybe you scroll through your Instagram feed; maybe you find an excuse to get up and grab a snack or chat with a co-worker. No matter what stage of your career you're at, we're all familiar with this scenario and the niggling distractions that tug our focus away from the task at hand. 

While getting distracted is totally normal—we're only human, after all—it can take a serious toll on productivity. A  study found that it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to refocus, which certainly adds up. To find a workaround, we called on 34 women at the top of their field and asked them how they deal with distractions.

Intriguingly, technology was at the core of their responses. The vast majority have learned to momentarily go offline and focus on the present and then return to their screens to delve back into the most pressing task. but don't just take our word for it. Here's how 34 female founders, CEOs, and thought leaders refocus to power through their day. 

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