We’ve seen massive changes in the way we work over the past two decades. When we discuss daily challenges in the workplace with our time management training participants, we often hear the constant distraction of one thing or another is making work quite challenging. We all know the feeling of getting started on a task, then a colleague comes over, we see an email coming in or our phone flashes up with various notifications and before we know it, we’ve completely forgotten about the task in the first place. Therefore it’s no wonder we always feel busy and we ask ourselves: “Where does all the time go?”
Our attention has become a resource more scarce than time and it’s more important than ever to protect our attention. Today’s most connected businesses are facing three overall threats to their teams:
- Data Overload – the average knowledge worker spends about 2.5 hours per day searching for information.
- Communication Overload – the average knowledge worker spend about 80% of their time at work communicating or collaborating through emails, meetings, chat, and messenger, which doesn’t leave a lot of time to do deep work.
- Cognitive Overload – the average knowledge worker gets interrupted or switches tasks every 3-5 minutes.
For a business, the Triple Overload is not only bad regarding the unhappiness it causes in the team, but it also has a massive financial impact. Further, the Triple Overload also leads to exhaustion, which is one of the main reasons for burnouts.
You might already be aware of some of the issues mentioned above and what you’re really after are the solutions. How can you, as a knowledge worker, protect your attention better? How can you, as a manager, protect your team’s attention and make them feel less stressed?
Our founder and Productivity Ninja, Graham Allcott, has teamed up with Beat Bühlmann, the General Manager for EMEA at Evernote, to bring you a Whitepaper all around the Triple Overload and what you can do about it.
By Hannah Urbanek
Hannah is Think Productive’s Head of Outreach and the voice behind our social media and editorial content.