How many working days do you spend actually working?

How many hours will you spend working today?

Here’s a better question: Would you really work how many hours of that?

If your workday is like mine, you can sit down, ready to focus on that important project — and then get distracted by a new email. You can then take a quick break to respond to some Twitter mentions, before spending 20 minutes reading really interesting-looking articles in your feed. (Like this article. Are you reading this instead of working? That’s okay!)

Data management software company Scoro recently released an infographic detailing exactly how much time we spend in the workday — and no, it’s not geared toward “getting things done.” It turns out that most of us spend more than 40 percent of our days doing non-work tasks.

Sure, some tasks aren’t work-related, like replying to emails (I don’t know about you, but I’d lose my job pretty quickly if I didn’t reply to my emails). But Scoro notes that it takes about 16 minutes to get back into project mode after checking and replying to emails — and a lot of us check our emails every time we receive a new notification.

Where else is our time going? Some of us spend the equivalent of six weeks a year searching for documents. Others lose 31 hours per month at meetings. And many of us spend a full hour each workday catching up on news and social media.

Check out Scoro’s infographic to learn more about how you really spend your workday — and then use the tips it offers to get back to work.



By Nguyen Manh Cuong

Nguyen Manh Cuong is the author and founder of the nguyendiep blog. With over 14 years of experience in Online Marketing, he now runs a number of successful websites, and occasionally shares his experience & knowledge on this blog.

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