Stop Sabotaging Yourself: 13 Things to Stop Doing If You Want to Be More Productive

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Consider an average eight-hour workday. How much of that time do you actually spend working?

If you’re like the average person, it’s probably less than three hours a day.

Yes, you read that right: The average office worker spends less than three hours in an eight-hour shift doing anything productive. For the most part, they’re fighting distractions, combing through inboxes, and chatting with coworkers.

While no one can or should work for eight straight hours — we all need breaks to be at our best — it’s fair to say that we could all stand to use our time a little more wisely at work. But how? It’s not like most of us want to be unproductive.

A new infographic from short-term lenders QuickQuid can offer some advice. The graphic identifies 13 obstacles to productivity that many of us unwittingly set in our own paths, plus some advice for overcoming each. Check it out below:


By Matthew Kosinski