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Why, How & Where Our Time Gets Lost at Work [Infographic]

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Why-How-Where-Our-Time-Gets-Lost-at-WorkThe average workday lasts about 8 hours. Since there are five workdays in a week, it follows that on average, we should be working 40 hours a week.

Interestingly, very few people work that many hours in a week. According to multiple studies, including one by HubSpot, 89% of workers admit to working less than eight hours a day. In the HubSpot study, for instance, a majority of respondents said they work for only about 5 hours every day, translating to approximately 25 hours a week. Put simply, the average worker is only productive for 3 out of the 5 weekdays!

Where do the other two days go?

There are a number of culprits here, with emails (43.5%) topping the list. The average C-Level staff receives 34 business emails per week. Since it takes 16 minutes to read, digest, and respond to an email, one is likely to spend over 9 hours on emails alone every week!

Unproductive meetings come second, accounting for 42.3% of time lost at work. On average, executives spend 7.75 hours on unproductive meetings every week. The other three main time-wasting activities at the workplace are:

  • Browsing online (21.8%)
  • Commuting (17.4%)
  • Procrastination (10%)

Put together; these activities can consume over 3 hours of your work time every day. If you want to be successful, find a way to minimize them.

Thanks to Scoro.com for this useful infographic.

The Productivity Diet: What to Eat to Get More Done in the Day

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The Productivity Diet What to Eat to Get More Done in the DayYou are what you eat. So if you want to be more productive, eat food that boosts your brain such as:

Breakfast

Eggs — They contain choline, a vitamin-like nutrient that improves memory and speeds up reaction time.

Yogurt — It has probiotics that help the digestive system absorb more water, resulting in better hydration.

Lunch

Avocados — They carry mono-unsaturated fats that maintain healthy blood flow for a healthy brain.

Dark, leafy vegetables — They’re rich in iron which delivers more oxygen to the brain, resulting in enhanced cognitive control.

Dinner

Salmon — It’s full of B-vitamins and Omega-3s necessary for strong memory recall, focus, and reasoning.

Brown rice — It’s filled with magnesium, a mineral that supports cognitive health.

Avoid sugary foods and calorie-ridden foods. They’ll make you confused and sleepy. And of course, eat enough to energize you throughout the day. Healthy food at the right amounts can do wonders for your brain.

Thanks to Hubspot for this enlightening infographic on the Productivity Diet.

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