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It’s Confirmed! Study Shows Multitasking Just Doesn’t Work

multitaskingIf you’re reading this on a tablet while your mobile device is ringing and you’re secretly playing Words With Friends on your laptop, listen up.

According to a new study published in the journal Human Factors, multitasking is simply not effective. Here’s why: The average office worker is apparently interrupted six times an hour (six times!) and in turn, interruptions severely impact the ability to produce quality work. Read more

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Want to Boost Productivity? Eliminate ‘Got a Minute?’ From Vocabulary

stop wasting timeYou know the drill. You’re sitting at your desk. Immersed in thought, it’s clear you’re processing information.

And then the inevitable happens. Your boss or colleague swings by your desk with the ubiquitous question, “Got a minute?”

Just like that your productivity, not to mention thoughts, are squandered. According to a piece in Fortune, this is typical. A recent study shows 70 percent of senior managers pointing to the overwhelmed employee who has interruptions constantly throughout the day. Read more

New Survey Reveals Top Distractions at the Office…Social Media, Anyone?

stop wasting timeIf you think surfing the internet and chatting at the water cooler are top ways to procrastinate, guess what? You’re right.

According to a Robert Half Management Resources survey of top chief financial officers, several time wasters are alive and well in the office.

In fact, 32 percent of executives in the survey indicated non-business online use like social media is the biggest distraction of them all. Talking with colleagues came in second and taking personal phone calls came in third. Read more

And the Most Common Interruption at the Office is…

Co-workers! If you guessed that you get interrupted more by colleagues than any other distraction, you are correct.

They represent more distractions than emails or phone calls which are easier to ignore at your desk than a visitor, says a study from the journal Organization Studies.

Although the interruption may only last a few minutes, it certainly pecks away at your concentration. Read more