Here’s how to deal with distractions
Did you know that employees use 20% of each workday on distractions like social media and personal tasks?
- Culture of Distraction?
- Every day, most employees say they are distracted by at least one of the following things: video conferences, phone calls or just plain old office distractions.
- We find it harder to focus on certain tasks, mainly because of sleep deprivation, multitasking or stress. All these factors may result from a busy environment where we are surrounded by noise and bright lights.
- Generational Divide
- It’s no surprise that when Gen Z respondents are in the right environment, they are most productive–when there are others in the same space. But 74% of all Gen Z and Millennials reported being distracted when working alone. 69% admitted their smartphone was one of the biggest distractions at work.
- BUT some Baby Boomers feel that the open office environment is less than ideal for their concentration levels. They would prefer to work in a quieter space with fewer distractions.
- Wasted Time
- Many people at work can refocus themselves within 30 minutes, but even small interruptions such as talking with a colleague or having a meeting, will increase your chances of making a mistake.
- Due to the virus, many are working remotely for the first time. Most people are worried about household distractions impacting their work.
We’ll be overcoming both internal and external challenges, namely distractions, soon.
The Lost Art of Concentration
- Wired for Distraction
- Popular games and fitness apps often contain features that encourage continuous distraction and changing our behaviors. In a study of 2,250 adults, 47% reported their minds were wandering at any given moment.
- We often don’t notice when our mind drifts away from the task at hand, despite how common it may be.
- Our average attention span has dropped from 12 secs to 8 secs in the last five years.
- The Role of Sleep
- According to the CDC, adults need at least 7 hours of sleep nightly and one-third of U.S. adults sleep less than that minimum required amount.
- Research shows that sleep deprivation could lead to the death of brain cells. A study conducted at Johns Hopkins University showed this by depriving mice of sleep, which led to the death of certain neurons.
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