Can You Stay on Task for 5 Minutes?
Mines the difficulty in spending just 5 minutes focused on a single task without distraction because of the hectic, social environment we work in.
Notes that on average a person is interrupted more than 15 times in an hour, which has a dramatic effect on our efficiency and performance throughout the day. That equals 120 interruptions in eight hours, and not only is there the time spent with the disruption, perhaps even more time is required to refocus.
Now, imagine how much more you could accomplish in a day without that. If each distraction amounts to just two minutes, they add up to 4 hours of reduced productivity in a day.
Many of the interruptions are caused by our own actions: checking email, surfing the web, chatting with colleagues, etc. In fact, we cause about half of our interruptions in workflow.
So, here is an experiment that will enlighten your understanding of how you work, and one that you can employ throughout your day to maximize efficiency:
You will be shocked at how much you can get done in the five minutes, and this should lead to a desire to form concentration habits. Ideally you want to raise that time to a more productive segment like 25 minutes, then a 5 minute break, or 50 minutes with a 10 minute break. You will seriously increase your productivity by hours a day.
Interested? Click the title or image to read on.
Source is TimeManagementNinja.com
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