If you want a real eye-opener, measure the amount of time you spend online. Then consider how much value you received in return for your most valuable asset. Talk about scary!
According to a study conducted by Joseph Ugrin, an assistant professor at Kansas State University, and John Pearson, an associate professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, workers spend 60 to 80 percent of their time at work “cyberloafing,” e.g., wasting time on non-business-related websites. It’s easy to get sucked into—these sites spend millions of dollars trying to encourage you to do just that. But beyond the obvious issue for employers, think about the amount of time you spend online: what is it costing you in terms of work/life balance?
When you’re online looking for information relevant to your work, keep these 4 questions in mind in order to make strategic use of your time:
- Why do I want to know about this subject/read this article?
- How much do I need to know?
- Is this a good source of information on the topic?
- Do I need to know now?
Your answers will guide your next steps. Do you proceed? Do you skim? Do you find another source? Or do you bookmark for later?
Staying accountable for the time you’re at work will help you make the best use of your resources.
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