Shiny object syndrome: When distractions kill productivity

I work in a hectic environment, which isn’t new for me, and given the state of things today, many people are working at companies attempting to do more with less.  However, the constant ping of the email box, ringing phone, blinking IM window or knock on the door may be killing our productivity.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported the results of a study which showed that many users find themselves being distracted (or self-distract), on average, once every three minutes, and once distracted taking 23 minutes to get back on track.  It’s a devastating figure, if true. Continue reading