It may feel as though getting frequently distracted is a bad thing, it can actually mean that you are more intelligent and smart than those who don’t get distracted, a new analysis by workplace solutions company- According to According to Steelcase:Getting distracted from your workload can be so simple and easily done, it’s almost part of a normal working day for most of us. We’re constantly being given information through every possible outlet and we’re expected to process everything and be more productive than ever before – so why exactly can getting distracted mean you’re more intelligent?
Steelcase have been analysing the findings of neuroscientists and cognitive researchers all over the world as well as integrating this with their own research into workplace practices and have found some pretty interesting results. With figures such as 204 million emails being sent every minute, workers checking their email 30 times an hour and users having an average of 8 task windows open on their desktop at any one time, it’s no wonder our attention is always flitting from task to task.
So with all this happening, our brains are getting used to processing lots of information and being as productive as possible – meaning our brains have already moved onto the next task before we’ve finished the first. As we’re always striving for new ideas and thinking about what we need to do next, it can be difficult to concentrate on any one task at hand. It seems we’re in a catch 22.
If you have trouble concentrating on work, have no fear. It may just mean you are smarter than the average person. According to a new study by Steelcase, more intelligent and smart people have more trouble focusing and prioritizing all the ideas they have bouncing around in their head.
According to Psychiatrist Dr. Ned Hallowell spoke with Daily Mail and said that intelligent and smart people try to deal with each idea as it comes up instead of focusing on the what they were just working on. This then can lead to a feeling of inadequacy and inability to deal with the overall workload.
Steelcase’s Bostjan Ljubic conducted the survey of more thane 10,000 workers in 17 countries. Ljubic said: “Employers are always on the lookout for the brightest people available, however the difficulty to withstand multiple tasks and distractions in the office affects intelligent and smart people in the same way as everyone else, if not more.
The ways in which we work are changing more rapidly than ever before and the brain is being subjected to stresses and distractions which can lead to overload and statistics show that distractions in the workplace are on the rise.”
Steelcase, also provided some interesting facts on why we are so distracted:
- The average worker is interrupted every 3 minutes.
- It can take 23 minutes to return to the original task you were working on after being distracted.
- A worker has an average of 8 windows open on his or her computer.
- The average person checks their phone 221 times per day.