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Unloading Information Overload

Original post made by Sharon on Jul 11, 2008

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On average, knowledge workers change activities every three minutes, usually because they're distracted by email or a phone call. It then takes almost half an hour to get back to the task once attention is lost

Research company Basex estimates that more than one-quarter of the day of the typical information worker is taken up by interruptions such as email, instant messaging, Twitter, RSS feeds and other untamed information flows.

Less time is spent each day on activities such as writing emails, going to meetings or searching for information.

The researchers concluded that only about one-tenth of the day is spent thinking and reflecting.

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Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2008 at 7:15 pm

It sounds to me that writing emails, going to meetings or searching for information together with thinking and reflecting, means that there is very little time left in the day to spend working.


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