There’s a running joke around the Shift office that everyone is always productive—except when they’re not.
No, but seriously, unproductivity happens to the best of us. So, to better understand the root causes of our team’s (rare) unproductiveness, we took a poll.
Can you guess what the biggest culprit ended up being? Yep, email.
But not just email in general. Specifically, the inbox.
I’m willing to bet any amount of money (okay, $20 at most) that “Be more productive” was somewhere on your list of new year’s resolutions for 2018.
Honestly, it’s the type of resolution that ends up on nearly everybody’s list, almost every single year.
So why is productivity one of those things that we seem to be forever chasing, but never able to truly achieve?
Let’s start by stating the obvious: open offices matter.
After all, there’s plenty of achieving and believing that goes on when the work environment is open and accessible to all.
Equally, however, there remains the risk of losing time, energy, motivation, and patience when the productivity ratio—you know, output over input—is off.