In today’s fast-paced digital era, it’s alarming how easily we get pulled away from our tasks. A study by Udemy reveals that a staggering 84.4% of people admit to being distracted at work.
Break it down and you’ll see that emails gobble up the attention of 26%, while phone calls and texts claim a lion’s share of 55%. Add co-workers and the vastness of the Internet into the mix and you’re looking at distractions of 27% and 41% respectively.
But it doesn’t stop at work. For 59% of the general populace, personal technology is the real culprit. The siren call of Facebook, for many, proves too powerful to resist.
The real cost of these distractions? When interrupted, workers need an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds just to regain their original focus. This comes at a hefty price.
Research discloses that American businesses are leaking as much as $650 billion annually due to these distractions. This isn’t just about dollars and cents; it’s about potential unrealized.
As the 2018 Udemy report indicates:
- 54% of workers feel they aren’t tapping into their full capabilities,
- 50% believe their productivity is taking a significant hit, and
- 20% think distractions are barricading their career growth.
Now, if you’re…