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.