I’m a sucker for surveys. Whether it’s surveys I have done myself, or surveys I read that others have done, I am consistently fascinated by the conclusions groups can reach. Since I do what I do, I am especially a fan of surveys which examine people’s productivity habits. Most of them come to the same basic conclusions, but the results are so consistent and so consistently frustrating that I can’t get enough of them.
One of the best such surveys was done last year by Microsoft as part of the promotion of Office. You can find it here.
Some of the highlights of this may ring true to you, too. The average worker in the U.S. works 45 hours per week according to the survey, but find 16 of those hours to be unproductive. People spend an average of 5.5 hours per week in meetings. 71% of those people, though, find those meetings to be unproductive. 66% of people don’t feel that they have work/ life balance, and believe that being unproductive contributes to this feeling. Americans receive an average of 56 e-mails per day. And here’s my favorite one – the most common productivity pitfall, as chosen by 42% of those who responded, is procrastination.
Take some time to read over the article. It has a whole lot of food for thought. It also tells me that we have a whole lot of work to do, but that’s what we’re all here for.