Infographic: How Much of Your Workday Do You Spend Actually Working?
How many hours are you going to spend at work today?
Here’s a better question: How many of those hours will you actually work?
If your workday is anything like mine, you might sit down, ready to focus on that important project—and then get distracted by a new email. Later you might take a quick break to reply to some Twitter mentions, before spending 20 minutes reading articles that look really interesting in your feed. (Like this one. Are you reading this article instead of working? That’s okay!)
Data-management software company Scoro recently released an infographic detailing exactly where our time goes during the workday—and no, it’s not towards “getting work done.” It turns out that most of us spend more than 40 percent of our days doing non-work tasks.
Sure, some of those non-work tasks are work-related, such as answering email (I don’t know about you, but I’d be out of a job pretty quickly if I didn’t answer my email). But Scoro notes that it takes roughly 16 minutes to get our heads back into project mode after checking and answering email—and a lot of us check our email every time we get a new notification.
Where else does our time go? Some of us use up the equivalent of six weeks a year searching for documents. Others lose 31 hours per month at meetings. And many of us spend a full hour of every workday catching up on news and social media.
Take a look at Scoro’s infographic to learn more about how you’re really spending your workday—and then use the tips it provides to get back to work.Image by Fer Gregory