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How much time do you waste when you’re at work? - featured image
By Michael Yardney

How much time do you waste when you’re at work?

How much time do you waste when you're at work?productivity work busy office tech job employment

Are you doing it now by reading this blog?

Or are you just giving your mind a quick break ?

US jobs website surveyed more than 1000 workers to find out what people do at work when they're not actually working.

Unsurprisingly, more than two thirds of workers say they waste time every day.

The other 31 per cent either know a productivity secret we don't, or are lying.

Thirty-four per cent said they wasted 30 minutes or less each day, 24 per cent said they wasted between 30 minutes and an hour, and 11 per cent said they wasted time for several hours.

Twenty-one per cent said they only slacked off one or two times per week, and 10 per cent said they never wasted any time at all.

But what are workers doing when they're procrastinating?

Most people (37 per cent) said their most frequent time-wasting websites were news sites. 

Twenty per cent said they never visited non-work related websites in the office, 14 per cent said they most often checked social media sites, and 12 per cent said online shopping sites were their biggest weakness.

Almost one-third of respondents said their boss addressed the issue by blocking access to some personal sites at work.

But more than half (52 per cent) obviously aren't fazed, and are happy to get around any bans by using their smartphone or tablet.

The more educated you are the more likely you are to waste time, with 76 per cent of people with doctorate degrees admitting to time-wasting every day, compared with 59 per cent of people with a high school diploma or less.

Divorced people are also likely to be more diligent employees, with just 51 per cent wasting time daily compared with 75 per cent of singles and 75 per cent of people in relationships.

If you really want to get some work done, Tuesday between 9am and 11am is your best bet.

The least productive time is between 3pm and 5pm on a Friday.

Most wasteful day:

  • Friday: 43 per cent
  • Monday: 16 per cent
  • Wednesday: 9 per centmobile bank
  • Thursday: 6 per cent
  • Tuesday: 3 per cent

Most wasteful time:

  • 3pm-5pm: 27 per cent
  • 1pm-3pm: 16 per cent
  • 7am-9am: 15 per cent
  • 11am-1pm: 13 per cent
  • 9am-11am: 10 per cent

And what's the biggest distraction in the workplace?meeting

  • Too many meetings: 19 per cent
  • Inefficient team members: 17 per cent
  • Coworkers: 17 per cent
  • Office politics: 13 per cent
  • Busy work: 13 per cent
  • Other: 11 per cent
  • My boss: 8 per cent

But is all this wasted time really time that is wasted?

Not according to 60 per cent of workers, who say spending time on non-work-related tasks during office hours actually improves their focus and productivity in the long run.

If you've got time to kill:

YOU HAD ONE JOB (which obviously you're not doing right now):

The ultimate destination for stuff to click on:

 If you get really stuck:

And, obviously:


About Michael Yardney Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who help their clients grow, protect and pass on their wealth through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's once again been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and one of Australia's 50 most influential Thought Leaders. His opinions are regularly featured in the media.
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