I just finished reading a book called “Are You Fully Charged” by Tom Rath. What a great little read! Check out www.tomrath.org for more info and resources. As Tom points out, staying connected is remarkably easy these days, and as a result, getting anything of substance done is not. Here are some sobering and frankly quite scary statistics about the distracted nature of our lives and businesses today:
— The average business person spends 8.5 hours in front of their computer screen each day.
— We are bombarded by 63,000 words on those screens.
— We average a mere 3 minutes between interruptions during our work day.
— We unlock our smart phones on average 110 times each day.
— We check our smart devices an average of 9 times each hour in the evenings.
— We lose 28% of each day to distractions.
— Only 1 in 5 worker says they can focus during their workday.
— Approximately half of our time is spent thinking about something other than what we’re doing.
— Business professionals spend half of their day responding to email and checking social networks.
— Approximately 25% of workers sit around watching their inboxes and responding as soon as something comes in.
— Only 30% say they only check their email occasionally.
This telepressure is proven to cause a decrease in sleep quality, an increase in sick days, anxiety, and mental and physical burnout. Trying to do a little bit of everything results in our doing a whole lot of nothing.
If this sounds like your life, perhaps I can help. If you’re already one of my clients and this is ringing true for you, we really need to spend some time with this topic. It breaks my heart to think of the time we waste. It’s the only thing we have in limited supply!