Who has a better attention span, you or a goldfish? Recent research has found that thanks to constant digital interruption our ability to focus has now been reduced to less than that of a goldfish.
Goldfish have an attention span of about nine seconds. Since the turn of the century ours has been reduced from about 12 seconds to eight. Why? Because we allow ourselves to be distracted by new emails and social media alerts. Top tips on how to improve productivity and performance by not being distracted by new emails etc.
Published in Executive Secretary Magazine July 2017
Being distracted by each new email as it arrives can be a very expensive drain on your time, well-being and productivity. In this video we show you how to limit those unnecessary email distractions yet still be aware of emails from important contacts eg clients, the boss etc.
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Do you need to see each and every new email as it arrives? Do all emails carry the same value and importance for you and how you perform your job? No. That is judging by the responses from over 200 delegates on various workshops Mesmo Consultancy has run over the past few weeks. Less than 3% of participants confessed that there really would be a problem if they did not see an email within twenty minutes of its arrival in their inbox.
Bearing in mind your inbox is a picture of you and the role you perform, there are obviously some of you who are more at the sharp end than others. However, interestingly when pressed about who are these impatient and badly behaved senders, all bar one or two delegates confessed that it was an internal senior manager and not a customer/client who had such short email response time frames.
It would seem that by and large customers/clients actually do have a slightly longer fuse than we anticipate. They expect to wait an hour or two for a reply. They acknowledge that if it’s urgent a phone call might be better and that you as the recipient might not be at your inbox the minute they send their email.
So why do so many people let their days and life be dominated by the arrival of a new email – in some cases dropping an urgent task in favour of a new email? Some possible explanations are:
For those concerned that email addiction might be the cause, you can check yourself out using Mesmo Consultancy’s free email addiction benchmarking tool – click here to start.
For others here are our tip five tips to help you focus and stop being driven by email.