Here are some of the problems you are probably experiencing:
1. Interruptions from Notifications
Also, studies show that people return to what they were doing before the interruption only 25% of the time. That’s why, at the end of the day, you “worked hard” but feel like you didn’t get anything done. On average, people lose more than 2 hours a day from interruptions, including notifications. And even when the notifications aren’t coming, we check our phones on average every 15 minutes or less (so these are actually “self-induced” interruptions). Research shows that the “ding” of a cell phone notification puts your brain into "fight-or-flight" mode, reducing your ability to think clearly. And one study showed that even just having a cell phone in the room lowers performance!
Imagine the additional time you could spend focusing on stuff that’s important to you if you weren’t interrupted by notifications from your phone or computer.
2. Social Media Time Suck
35% of people check their phone before getting out of bed in the morning, and that’s usually to check social media. Unfortunately, this starts your day focusing on things that are important to other people. That can cause you to lose what most studies show is the most productive time of the day. While teens spend almost 9 hours a day on social media, the average adult still spends almost 2 hours a day.
YouTube comes in first, consuming over 40 minutes of a person’s day. Facebook users will spend an average of 35 minutes a day. Snapchat and Instagram come in next with 25 minutes and 15 minutes spent per day, respectively.
Imagine the additional time you could spend focusing on stuff that’s important to you if you weren’t sucked into the “never-ending scroll” of social media feeds.
3. Email Distraction
Email has a powerfully interruptive effect that’s compounded by task switching. Task switching is very hard work for the brain and slows things down considerably. Here’s a typical example: let’s say you’re focused on writing a blog post. Your email inbox is open on your computer. A new message comes in, and a notification dings to alert you. You decide to check the message. Your brain has to dump all of the “blog post” information it was holding in short-term memory, and load a new set of information (the “context”) required to understand and respond to the new email message. When you're done handling the email message, your brain has to dump that information and re-load the context needed to move forward with the blog post.
Studies show that you lose a whopping 40% of your time through this context switching. If you are “multitasking” (truly a myth) all day long, you are losing an average of 3.2 hours a day through the loss of efficiency alone. Even if you’re doing tasks that don’t require a lot of thinking, you are still affected. A study at Hewlett-Packard showed IQ dropped by 10 points when people were distracted by email. That’s twice the drop from smoking marijuana! Do you really want to be that IQ-impaired when sending important emails to customers? Multitasking also has a negative physical effect, prompting the release of stress hormones and adrenaline.
Imagine the additional time you could spend focusing on stuff that’s really important to you if you had a reasonable strategy for dealing with your email.
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