The Data on Staying Focused at Work [Infographic]

May 31, 2016

5:00 pm

You’re in Writing 101. College or high school, it doesn’t matter. What’s the first icebreaker you pick when you turn the student next to you? If you’re me, it’s a joke about how you wrote the entire essay you’re holding now over the last hour and a half.

Procrastination is possibly the most disruptive problem most people face in life that’s still okay to joke about. I didn’t even open this article with a joke about how much I procrastinated on writing it because I’m sure you’ve read that same joke on a dozen other articles about procrastination. But the fact that it’s a joke means it’s time to take it seriously.

Abuse of AD/HD drugs like Adderall is on the rise in 18- to 25-year-olds, as a study from last February confirms. Adderall-related emergency room trips have more than tripled since 2006—and this is the age group that is currently transitioning from college to the workplace. Clearly, young employees need a healthy route for staying focused at work. And when so many people need to learn new habits, they need the data that can reveal how.

When it comes to keeping focused, the facts are often stunning. Did you know the average worker spends just 11 minutes focused on the job before running into a distraction, but needs 25 minutes to get back on task afterwards? That’s crazy.

The infographic below, from the On Stride Financial team, goes into more detail, offering an array of fact-supported ways of staying focused at work. Ultimately, the solution to your constant procrastination is limiting the interruptions to your day across several locations: your workspace, your calendar, and your inbox. The more organized you are, the few distractions will show up to tear 25-minute chunks out of your day.

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(H/T Hubspot)

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Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He's based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state's slogan: "sayWA." In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on Twitter, @AdamRRowe

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