Today I am sitting on my desk with a pen and a notepad next to me and writing down everything I do and the time it takes me, so I can understand why I keep reaching the end of the day and not move forward with what I had planned for the day.


So, my conclusion is: on average for every hour I spend "working" 20 minutes are lost. From breaks, phone calls, random searches I do online, etc.

So, on an 8 hour work day, just around 5 are actually productive.

@hugo According to a thing I out together for a client this week, 38% of knowledge workers' time is spent looking for information.

@dajbelshaw that's interesting and it's a % pretty close to my little test I did today.

@dajbelshaw @hugo Thrn there is the raw productivity loss when we switch topics (around 20 mins seems to be the accepted average).

In that if I take an unrelated phone call, it’s 20 mins before I am back at full focus on my task.

@robert Yes, we were discussing this on our podcast episodes about remote work recently!

@epilepticrabbit was saying she's trained herself to ignore distractions until she's ready to deal with them...


@hugo even that is extraordinary.

I'm good for about 3 hours of focused work. The rest is fluff.

@kai the strange thing to me is that I can't do the focused time without the "fluff" :)

@hugo e quando precisas de discutir uma coisa rápida com um colega, e quando dás por ti passou mais de meia hora, e o resto das coisas na lista de tarefas do dia a ficar pendente?

@hugo a subtil arte de distinguir "longos telefonemas que podiam ser emails" de "longos emails que se resolviam com dois minutos ao telefone ".

@hugo thing is, tho, we need a break every now and then so we actually keep being focused enough and healthy, so those breaks still count anyway. :blobcatbusiness:

@eloisa yep, I can't function without those breaks 😅

@hugo see? So, those breaks are essential for work, too. Thus, they count as productive time too. Just a different experience of what it means to be productive. :ablobcathappypaws:

:_catsleep: I'm the most when I'm dreaming!

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