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Do You Know How Much Your Phone Affects Your Productivity?

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Your phone affects your productivity.

Every time your phone distracts you your performance suffers, whether you respond or not.

A study by Gloria Mark at the University of California-Irvine revealed that at work we are typically able to attend to one task for about three minutes before we are interrupted. They concluded that it takes about 20 minutes for people to return their full focus to the original task at hand.

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This does not bode well for productivity let alone our sanity. Even thinking about your phone potentially buzzing will distract you from the task at hand.

Here are a few things you can do to regain self-control:

  • Set some boundaries
  • Re-adjust your settings
  • Check at scheduled times
  • Take a tech detox
  • Do it because you care about other people
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