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.