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Poll: Do Distractions Make You More Productive?

Poll: Do Distractions Make You More Productive?

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When you’re staring at a computer for eight hours a day, it can be hard to avoid distractions. Sometimes you’re brain just needs to take a breather. But do these distractions make you more productive?

Casually checking Facebook, surfing the web, or chatting up co-workers throughout the day adds up.

According to a recent survey conducted by Salary.com, twenty-one percent out of the 3,200 respondents said they waste up to five hours a week on non-work related things.

That’s about an hour a day for a five-day work week.

Although some may think this is completely unacceptable behavior, others seem to believe these little breaks help them get work more done in the long run.

Seventy-one percent of people surveyed said they believe they are more productive when they have some downtime during the workday.

However, it also can be extremely easy to break your concentration after scrolling down your Facebook feed or texting your friend about plans for tonight.

What do you think? Are you more productive when you allow yourself to get distracted during the work day? Or does it kill your focus?

Please take our poll, and let us know your reasoning in the comment section!

Do distractions make you more productive?

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Ariella Coombs Ariella is the Content Strategist and Career Coach for Work It Daily. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.