Accelerate Your Productivity with Single Tasking

From Becky Kane at the Todoist Blog:

The science is in and the results are undeniably bleak:

Multi-tasking is to your work what smoking is to your health.  Trying to do more than one thing at the same time is killing your productivity.

Here are just a few of the unsettling statistics:

  • Trying to focus on more than one thing at a time reduces your productivity by as much as 40%. That’s the cognitive equivalent of pulling an all-nighter.
  • The average desk job employee loses 2.1 hours a day to distractions and interruptions. That adds up to over a full day of work every week.
  • On average, employees who do the majority of their work on computers are distracted every 10.5 minutes.
  • Being distracted by incoming calls or emails can lower employees’ IQ by as much 10 points.
  • On average, It takes employees a whopping 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to their original task once they are interrupted.

Luckily, it’s not all bad news.  44% of those work distractions are self-inflicted and another 23% come from emails.

That means you have complete control to cut out (or at least drastically reduce) 67% of the productivity-killing distractions that derail your entire workday.

Kane provides some great advice, tools and practices to reduce distractions and raise your productivity. Read more on her blog.

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