Research Finds That The Smartest Workers Get Distracted The Most

Are you reading this at work right now?

Don’t worry; we’re not going to report you. If anything, congratulations are in order.

A new study has found that those who procrastinate at work a lot tend to be smarter in general than their super-focused coworkers.

Intellectually superior people often have trouble concentrating on a single task due the rapidity and intensity of their own thoughts, the research suggests.

In other words, the smarter you are, the more difficult it is to prioritize which idea to focus on first, which could result in “a feeling of inadequacy and inability to deal with the workload as a whole”, according to psychiatrist Dr. Ned Hallowell.

The biggest brains are also more likely to end up falling short of their own expectations and those of their bosses, added Hallowell.

“Employers are always on the lookout for the brightest people available, however the difficulty to withstand multiple tasks and distractions in the office affects smart people in the same way as everyone else, if not more,” said Bostjan Ljubic of Steelcase, who published the research.

“The ways in which we work are changing more rapidly than ever before and the brain is being subjected to stresses and distractions which can lead to overload and statistics show that distractions in the workplace are on the rise.”

The study, which covered 10,000 workers from 17 different countries, also found that the growing presence of technology in the workplace has made it increasingly difficult for employees to stay focused. In fact, the average office worker was distracted once every three minutes.

Now get back to work.

h/t The Telegraph


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