How Much Time Do We Lose Task-Switching?

Quick switches away from your primary task could cost you more than 2 hours of distracted time. And that’s not per day. That’s per switch! What’s going on with task-switching, and is it as unproductive as it seems?… Read More How Much Time Do We Lose Task-Switching?

What’s Wrong With Email Part 4: False Sense of Urgency

Why is email such a headache? Email is consistently named one of the biggest distractions, an unproductive waste of time for knowledge workers, and a huge source of stress. In this special series on email and productivity, I’ve highlighted several major problems with email that cause workers to hate it so much. I’ve already noted… Read More What’s Wrong With Email Part 4: False Sense of Urgency

Interruptions Benefit Productivity, Study Shows

When we want to get work done, we usually try our best to focus and minimize interruptions. But some interruptions, under the right conditions, can actually help productivity without sacrificing quality. Researchers from The Netherlands and Russia (Zijlstra et al., 1999) ran an experiment where office workers completed a task in a simulated office environment.… Read More Interruptions Benefit Productivity, Study Shows