We’ve scoured the earth for studies on email overload and interruptions. Here’s what we found.
The average person spends 28% of the workweek reading and responding to email
– The McKinsey Global Institute found that an average employee spends 13 hours a week reading and responding to email. That’s by far the most time-consuming work activity at 28% of our work time.
– This equates to 650 hours a year spent on completely reactive, low-value work.
– Key takeaway: Email overload is a global epidemic.
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The world needs more champions like Devin D. Thorpe.
An author, speaker and blogger for social good, Devin has big goals for humanity. But between speaking engagements around the world, helping nonprofits tap into crowdfunding and writing about social entrepreneurship for Forbes, it’s tricky finding time for his magnum opus: a book on how to solve the world’s biggest problems by 2045.
Before solving the world’s problems, it turns out, he first needed to solve one of his own. A daily barrage of more than 300 emails was keeping him chained to his inbox, unable to move forward on his world-changing projects.
“I found myself just constantly in my inbox, and I panicked when I wasn’t.”