Day-long Distractions 60% of the average workday is spent on email and meetings.
Meetings and email take up an inordinate amount of time in the average work day, meaning we essentially spend more time talking about doing things instead of actually doing them. A recent survey from GetControl.net, a time management training and research company, elicited anecdotal comments that may sound familiar: “Too many emails, too many reply-to-all emails, too many late add-on meeting agendas and topics, too many meetings that have no outcome,” one respondent says. Says another, “There are meetings about having meetings. This practice results in less actual work being completed.” In a period in which organizations face a troubled economy, rising global competition, and a rapid shift to information-related jobs, this kind of time misallocation is no longer acceptable, the research report concludes. More than 40,000 professionals took part in the survey. To access the report,
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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