cubiclesIf you’ve ever fought against mindless activities which waste time like deleting messages, it may be time to accept them.

That’s because new research says people are actually happiest at work when they’re not working on anything challenging.

Wait, what?

The study was conducted by the University of California-Irvine with Microsoft Research and looked at how employees’ mood and attention spans change after performing activities at the office such as responding to emails or checking Facebook.

Here’s the kicker — when it comes to rote work, as per one of the researchers, you feel like you’re actually getting a lot of accomplished. And yet you’re not really exerting too much mental energy. It gives you a sense of completion without a level of stress.

Researchers also looked at focus and boredom. They discovered focus occurs from 2 to 3 p.m. as well as late morning at around 11 a.m. As for focus in the late afternoon, as you can imagine, after 3 p.m. it drops significantly.

As for boredom, people typically get bored in the early afternoon right after lunch. And they’re typically bored on Mondays as well. One way to spike that boredom is Facebook. Researchers discovered perusing the social networking site provides a break for employees and boosts their happiness. Plus, it doesn’t require a lot of energy to focus and it doesn’t create a lot of stress either.