Trends and Research About Personal Productivity
courtesy of Personal Productivity Secrets: Do what you never thought possible with your time and attention… and regain control of your life (Wiley, John & Sons, Inc.) ISBN-13: 9781118179673
Why do we need to personal productivity method? Because changes in technology, culture and the workplace are affecting the way we work and how we choose to spend our time.
What’s behind the trend? More access to information, a more mobile workplace, and more tools that converge information, communication and entertainment, like smartphones. That’s why PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY SECRETS teaches a method that uses mobile technology and software to help us manage our attention and productivity instead of sabotaging it.
Reason #1: More smartphones, more ways to distract ourselves? According to Pew Internet, more American adults have smartphones than ever before.
- “Nearly half (46%) of American adults are smartphone owners as of February 2012, an increase of 11 percentage points over the 35% of Americans who owned a smartphone last May. Two in five adults (41%) own a cell phone that is not a smartphone, meaning that smartphone owners are now more prevalent within the overall population than owners of more basic mobile phones.”
- “Overall adoption levels are at 60% or more within several cohorts, such as college graduates, 18-35 year olds and those with an annual household income of $75,000 or more.”
- “Since 88% of US adults are now cell phone owners, that means that a total of 46% of all American adults are smartphone users.”
Reason #2: With access to more informations at our fingertips, workers are using mobile phones for activities they don’t want on their work computers. (Source: Harris Interactive for Qumu, 2011) “In fact, it seems having mobile devices have made online Americans think that people take risks with what they do online (on their mobile device). Almost three out of four online Americans (74%) believe with mobile devices, people will do things they would not normally do on their work computer. Those activities include:
- 52% – Look for another primary job
- 47% – Visit an online dating website
- 46% – Look for a side job
- 37% – Research embarrassing illness/condition
- 33% – Shop for lingerie/underwear
- 20% – Investigate plastic surgery options
Reason #3: Because we can, we want to work from everywhere. “The top reasons cited by the survey respondents for working remotely include needing to finish work that couldn’t be finished at the office (48%); having fewer distractions (44%); being more productive than in the office (35%); and having a better balance of work/home priorities (35%).”
- The survey revealed bosses’ top pet peeves in dealing with remote workers were: the inability to talk face-to-face (49%), lack of focus (26%), lack of accountability (22%) and the belief that employees are doing less work (22%).
- Bosses are much more likely than employees to conduct business in public spaces (62% vs. 34%).
- The most frequent places mentioned by bosses include while driving (46%), on public transportation (29%) and at a bar or restaurant (25%).
- Bosses (62%) rate themselves higher than employees (55%) in feeling that they are more productive when working remotely.
Reason #4: We know that we are distracted by the Internet at work, especially by social media. Writes SmartMoney magazine: “Still, the majority of workers admit to goofing off. For most, it’s a fairly minor problem — 39% of workers said they spent an hour or less on personal browsing each week, and 29% said they spent up to two hours a week. But some are more seriously distracted: 21% of workers said they wasted up to 5 hours a week. The most likely time-wasters, according to Salary.com’s survey, are highly educated men between the ages of 26 and 35. And yes, among lollygaggers, Facebook was the most popular online destination.”
Reason #5: We mistakenly think that taking frequent breaks increases our productivity. Salary.com Survey Highlights
- “Nearly three-quarters — 71 percent — of respondents said they believe short breaks throughout the day are beneficial. By being able to check Facebook, Twitter and have periods of brief downtime throughout the workday, those surveyed said they believe employees will actually be more productive than if restrictions are placed on them.”
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