More highlights from the Microsoft Office Personal Productivity Challenge (which drew responses from more than 38,000 people in 200 countries):
- People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive (U.S.: 45 hours a week; 16 hours are considered unproductive).
- People spend 5.6 hours each week in meetings; 69 per cent feel meetings aren’t productive (U.S.: 5.5 hours; 71 per cent feel meetings aren’t productive).
- Women had an average productivity score of 72 per cent, compared with 71 per cent for men (U.S.: women, 70 per cent; men, 68 per cent).
- Workers said they receive an average of 42 e-mail messages per day (U.S.: 56).
- The most common productivity pitfalls are unclear objectives, lack of team communication and ineffective meetings — chosen by 32 per cent of respondents overall — followed by unclear priorities at 31 per cent and procrastination at 29 per cent (U.S.: procrastination, 42 per cent; lack of team communication, 39 per cent; ineffective meetings, 34 per cent).
Hat tip: Oliver Burkeman’s Help! How to be slightly happier and get a bit more done
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