Today's culture seems to have us obsessed with up-to-the-minute updates whether it's social media, office email or text messaging. What's more is that today's highly capable, highly available smartphones (e.g. iPhone) is an enabler to this rampant problem.
Don't get me wrong, having coworkers interconnected for fast, seamless collaboration is clearly a productivity booster, but “with great power comes great responsibility” —Spider-Man (I'm sure he wasn't the first to say it)
You'll find many references online with the statistic that the average office worker is interrupted roughly every three minutes. And once thrown off track, it can take some 23 minutes for a worker to return to the original task, says Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, who studies digital distraction.
“It is an epidemic,” says Lacy Roberson, a director of learning and organizational development at eBay Inc. At most companies, it's a struggle “to get work done on a daily basis, with all these things coming at you,” she says.
Weekdone, a team performance and organization management software, compiled the below infographic detailing the 10 most common office distractions. Check it out for things that should be avoided to increase your productivity.