Infographic: Only 2 percent of people can multitask effectively

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Can you write a press release, chat with a co-worker, and answer an email all at the same time? Lucky you. You must be part of the 2 percent of people who can multitask effectively. According to an infographic from, 98 percent of people who try to multitask actually impair their productivity more than help it. While today’s technology offers an array of tools and apps to help us manage our lives, it also provides distractions. On average, employees who use a computer for work are distracted once every 10.5 minutes. And, employees with desk jobs lose 2.1 hours a day to interruptions or distractions. That’s 546 hours annually.

But that’s not all. Distractions from incoming calls or emails lower a person’s IQ by 10 points. That’s the equivalent of missing one night’s sleep. The next time you think about taking a phone call while you write a memo, consider this infographic:

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