BY MAGGIE JACKSON
The average worker spends about two hours every day dealing with unnecessary interruptions, ranging from e-mails to instant messages to phone calls to visits from co-workers. Those interruptions cost businesses $590 billion a year in lost productivity.
And once someone is interrupted, research shows, it can take up to one half-hour for the person to return to what he or she was doing.
The result: Our days are a mishmash of work that’s chopped up into little pieces. We’re doing a little bit here and a little bit there on this and that—and giving none of it our full attention.
Efficiency experts once believed this sort of multitasking made us more productive. Now, they know the opposite is true. Even worse, it makes us feel less productive—and stressed out, overworked and less satisfied.
The underlying problem: People need to think deeply and to connect deeply with others. The pendulum is swinging...(register to read more)
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