10 Jaw-Dropping Productivity Stats That Will Shock You

If you’re the average American, you could be reading 200 books a year in the time you spend on social media. That’s right, all those little check-ins add up to a huge exchange of time. They are the nips out of your day, but in the long-term, they’re taking a huge bite out of what you could get done during your life.

Here are 10 more jaw-dropping productivity statistics that may shock you:


That’s the percentage increase of time in meetings has been rising every year since 2000. It seems crazy considering how many more ways there are to communicate.

The Fix: Create minimum standards for when a meeting is warranted, and evaluate every meeting request according to them.


The percentage of meetings that executives consider failures, which contributes to $37B wasted on meetings in this country per year.

The Fix: Require an agenda for every meeting you attend.


Minutes required to plan the day, which saves about two hours of time later on if you do it first.

The Fix: Use the first few minutes of your day to make a plan, and do the task you most want to procrastinate on first.


The number of work hours after which your productivity drops dramatically. Studies have shown you don’t get much more out of a 10-hour day than you would an 8-hour day.

The Fix: Schedule your time, focus at work, and let yourself be free after hours.


The number of minutes the most productive people work before taking a break. Breaks have been shown to increase concentration.

The Fix: Set a timer for 52 minutes when you work, then take at least a 10-minute break.  


Percentage of employees who worry their boss won’t think they’re working hard enough if they take a lunch break, which is a shame because they actually increase productivity and help you be creative.

The Fix: Talk to your boss about lunch breaks and make sure you’re on the same page.


The rise in productivity from people who work from home, away from the office distraction.

The Fix: Propose a work-from-home day at your office for a trial period.


Percentage of Millennials and Gen Z who check their phone for two hours a day during work.

The Fix: Establish clear rules about your phone use at work, and set an example for others.


Percentage of people who cited chatty co-workers as a source of office distraction.

The Fix: Create visual markers for each employee for when they’re available to talk or too busy to chat.


Percentage of workers who said training would help them deal with distractions better.

The Fix: Ask for a training program at your place of work, and create clear guidelines around distraction.


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