So how well does the average person manage their time?

I recently read a fascinating article on the Inc. website. According to the article, research suggested that in an 8 hour day the average worker was only productive for just under 3 hours! The article goes on to list what are the most common non-work activities and the time the average person spends on them (here is the link to the article if you’re interested:

That is a pretty amazing statement.

It really puts a whole new light on deadlines. Think how less stressful those deadlines would be if half the day wasn’t wasted doing trivial things (besides time wasted in useless meetings – not much you can generally do about them.)

More interestingly, as I reviewed that list, I thought how easy it is to slip into non-productive activities. This could be a real issue for employees or consultants/freelancers that work at home.

How much more could the average person do if they had a real system to stay on track?

I’m curious, how many of you believe that research conclusion, or have you heard different estimates? Tell me what you think in the comments.


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