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Monday, 24 February 2014

A survey of 3000 people in the USA released today reveals that 62% say they have been distracted from completing work by checking emails, browsing the web, and engaging with social media. Also 59% admitted that the reduction in productivity caused them dissatisfaction and unhappiness. 


 
The survey was released by Webtrate.com on the day it launches its internet blocking and productivity application. It calls itself the ultimate productivity application because it combines three of the most powerful tools to aid motivation.
 
Webtrate.com helps workers get their work done by combining three aids to motivation:
 
1.    It gives users two options to block the internet for a set amount of time. Option 1 blocks the internet but users can get back online by rebooting. Option 2 blocks the internet but prevents users getting back online again until their chosen amount of time is up, even when they restart their computer.

2.    Webtrate gives users the option to upload their works goals before disconnecting.

3.    Webtrate allows users to chart their progress over time, which helps them see how much more work they are getting done.

The survey also found that 53% of people thought that checking their emails and social media while trying to get work finished revealed a worrying lack of impulse control.
 
63% said they lost their chain of thought because they checked and responded to an email or social media alert while they were working on a report or longer piece of written work.
 
Some 36% said checking emails and social media cost them more than an hour a day in productivity. 16% claimed they lost more than an hour a day.
 
59% said they spent more time checking social media, emails and browsing the web while working from home, although they also said working in the office also didn’t stop them from being distracted by the internet.
 
59% of respondents agreed that there was a correlation between a reduction in their happiness and satisfaction levels when they realised they had been less productive because they had checked emails, social media or browsed the web.
 
Of those who said they were being distracted, more than 71% said they believe they would get more done if they could disconnect from the internet for a period of time each day.
 
Will Little, who designed and created Webtrate, says: “The internet plays into our worst habits. Despite its many benefits, it is helping to fuel procrastination and lower levels of productivity by giving us access to an immediate menu of instant distractions,”  he said.
 
“It seems we are increasingly looking to satiate our desire for new information by constantly checking social media, emails and the web. This thrill of finding out something new is so powerful that it can get in the way of pressing and important work. The evidence  suggests that people would rather read an interesting article or banter with a friend over email or social media than finish their work.
 
“The survey suggests our impulse control is getting weaker in a world of instant gratification. Yet the pressure of work should mitigate against our desire to access the internet. Unfortunately the draw of the internet is so strong that our ability to concentrate  is losing the battle. It is now directly impacting on productivity levels and many people just can’t seem to help themselves. In many cases, they don’t even realise how much productivity they are losing to internet.”
 
What we need is a way to separate our work from the distraction of the internet. I created Webtrate because my productivity levels dropped when I had access to the internet. Instead of working fully I checked emails and read endless news updates. Now since  I developed Webtrate my productivity has improved considerably. I still engage with the internet but only when my work is done. And I’m a lot more satisfied and happy for it.”
 
 
About Webtrate:

Webtrate is an internet blocking and productivity application. It is compatible with Mac OS and Windows. It allows users the option to block the internet for a period of time in two ways, depending on how much self discipline they have.
 
Option 1 allows users to block the internet for a set amount of time, but they can get back online if they reboot their computer.
 
Option 2 allows users to block the internet for a set amount of time, but prevents access to the internet even if they restart their computer. They have to wait until their chosen time is up to reconnect.

Webtrate also gives users the option to write down their works goals before disconnecting from the internet. Research has shown this to be a powerful aid to motivation. Webtrate also allows users to chart their progress over time, which helps them see how much  more work they are getting done. 

 


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