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Research has shown that for every interruption it takes an average of 25 minutes to fully regain your cognitive focus. Dr. Gloria Mark, associate professor at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, found average information workers are interrupted every three minutes – nearly 20 times an hour, while the average manager is interrupted every eight minutes. In an eight-hour day most of us are interrupted 50 to 60 times, for on average five minutes — that works out to more than four hours out of eight, or 50% of the workday.

Read the full story on the Financial Post website.