Productivity

Your Workday Is Interrupted Every 11 Minutes. How to Manage Those Distractions.

Great work often comes from fleeting periods of extreme focus, when you're fully immersed and engaged in your work. For instance, some say Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel in a state of mental 'flow.'

But the Renaissance artist didn’t have to deal with constant email notifications, text message alerts and buzzing phones. Humans are inherently prone to distractions, but modern offices don’t help. The typical worker gets interrupted every 11 minutes, according to researchers from Steelcase, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-, based furniture company. The company says it can take another 23 minutes to get back on task.

To manage distractions, the company has designed a special pod, the Brody, that closes workers off from activity around them. In this video, watch Mark McKenna share the insights that led to its design and tips to boost productivity that can help any worker.

Related: Design a Workspace to Spark Extreme Creativity

Edition: December 2016

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