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March 29, 2018

Americas: Ten Tips to Deal With Distractions and Protect Your Productivity

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For meeting planners, being interrupted by competing priorities is a way of life. But did you know it takes, on average, 23 minutes to refocus your mental effort and energy on a task after being interrupted? (According to a study by the University of California.)

Consider this: If you spend a total of five minutes, five times per day responding to text messages and reading social media, you’ve spent (or wasted) 25 minutes of work time. But when you consider that it takes our brains 23 minutes to refocus on the task at hand for each interruption, you realize those five simple tasks actually cost you almost 2.5 hours in lost concentration and productivity. How do I know this? Because I have been guilty of this, too.

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