Posted by: Ed Becker | October 1, 2008

Research on Managing Daily Distractions…

In 2005, a psychiatrist at King’s College in London administered IQ tests to three groups: the first did nothing but perform the IQ test, the second was distracted by e-mail and ringing phones, and the third was stoned on marijuana. Not surprisingly, the first group did better than the other two by an average of 10 points. The e-mailers, though, did worse than the intoxicated people by an average of 6 points. The e-mailing group came in last.

In a recent survey of 320 professionals, 17% reported they check e-mail a few times per hour and 68% check e-mail more or less continually. They are constantly breaking their focus on the primary task at hand.  I would not want my surgeon interrupted to check email – How about you?

Please comment and share with all of us how you manage daily distractions like email, text messages, cell phone calls, voice mail, etc.  Looking forward to hearing from you!


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