Did you know statistics are made up 80% of the time? Get it!? Productivity and time management are on the top of everyone’s list to improve. There are only 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, and 365 days in a year. Time is the thing we can’t get back or buy more of. So, we need to maximize it by efficiently managing it (time management) and get those most done in the shortest period of time (productivity).

Here are some interesting time management and productivity statistics that you most likely would have never thought of.

  • Workplace research on productivity started back in the early 1900’s. Five decades of results proved, beyond a doubt, that maximum productivity occurs at no more than 40 hours a week and eight hours a day. (
  • On an average day, there are 17 million meetings in America. (Balance Time)
  • The National Association of Professional Organizers says we spend one year of our lives looking for lost items
  • People who multi-task decrease their productivity by 20-40% are less efficient than those who focus on one project at a time.  Time lost switching among tasks increases the complexity of the tasks. (American Psychological Association)
  • Each day a typical office employee checks email 50 times and uses instant messaging 77 times. (RescueTime)
  • “In a study released in 2007, a group of Microsoft workers took, on average, 15 minutes to return to serious mental tasks, like writing reports or computer code, after responding to incoming e-mail or instant messages. (NY Times)
  • More heart attacks occur on Monday than on any other day of the week. (NY Times)
  • 70% of business and professional people use a “to do” list on a regular basis to administer their “have to’s”. (Balance Time)
  • Sleep deprivation is now costing U.S. companies $63.2 billion a year in lost productivity. Exhaustion makes employees less efficient, even in the time it takes to read email. They are also more irritable and more likely to explode. (Harvard Medical School)
  • U.S. companies lose between $200-$300 billion a year due to absenteeism, tardiness, burnout, decreased productivity, worker’s compensation claims, increased employee turnover, and medical insurance costs resulting from employee work-related stress. (National Safety Council)
  • The #1 time-waster at the office is “too many meetings, up from No 3 in 2008.” according to 47% of the surveyed. (
  • Three-quarters of surveyed employees saw an improvement in their time management when they exercised before work or at lunchtime.” (Nielsen survey for University of Bristol)

And one for fun!

  • ‘Stressed’ spelled backwards is ‘desserts’