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Productivity, Fact or Exaggerated Fact?

How productive are you really? Does it surprise you that you’re probably not as productive as you think? Employers like to believe that all their employees do at work is…well work. Professors are probably the same way; they like to hope that all of their students are paying attention in class. This is what is known as the Myth of Productivity.

I bring this up because not long ago, we had another round of March Madness. The time of the year when a large majority of workers sneak longer lunches and do whatever they can to view the 30+ games of the NCAA tournament. If a game is not on, then the trending topic of the work day is about the games or how well their brackets are doing. In all sense, productivity at work takes a nosedive in March.

But how productive are we really at work? Out of an average eight hour day, one study finds that the average worker is only productive for six hours. And those are only the numbers that were admitted to. Check out this infographic.

Sure spending a minute here and there checking Facebook or Twitter may not seem like such a crime, but remember this: If you were asked to choose between $1 million upfront or one penny and then double it every day for a month, the smart choice would be to take the penny. After the first 29 days you would have over $5 million. It’s a bit of a drastic analogy I know, but even so, it proves the smallest increment can add up to a whole lot.

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Christopher Comella

Christopher earned his BA in Political Science from DePaul University in 2011, and is no stranger to writing and deadlines. One of his greatest assets is to add humor to even the driest of subjects, which is why half of his professors love him and the other half hated his work.