Check this out.

According to a UC Irvine study, after an interruption or distraction, it takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds to return to the original level of on-task concentration.

Wait, there’s more …

Multiple studies show that distractions derail your mental progress, reduce performance, hurt overall productivity, increase stress, and have a negative impact on mood.

And this is why my phone is in the car.

Because between the hours of 7am and 4pm, I’ve got sh*t to do.

Text me, and I probably won’t get back to you before sundown.

Call me, and I ain’t answering. (Well … unless you’re my mom.)

The average person checks his or her phone 85 times a day — email, text pings, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat …

Count em if you’ve got nothing to do!

That comes out to 1,955 minutes — or 32.5 hours — of potentially lost concentration per day.

In other words, most of us are rarely fully engaged with anything at any time.

But we still complain about not having enough time to get it all done.

Well, we probably did. We were just too busy checking, liking, double-tapping, swiping, commenting, retweeting, and responding to the 11am “what are you up to?” text that turned into the thread that never ends.

23 minutes and 15 seconds of full concentration gone, every time.

This week, I’m laying down the challenge to Protect Your Time. To explore how much you can get done — and how much better you can feel — by being more discerning about how you spend your time. You’ll be shocked.

Today on The Quote of The Day Show, Les Brown shares 4 questions to ask yourself before giving away your precious time, especially during work hours.

1 – Is it positive?

2 – Is it purposeful?

3 – Is it productive?


4 – Is it profitable?

If not, it can wait. You’ve got sh*t to do.

Tap the PLAY button above to listen in!

Happy Monday,

SC