Working hard, or hardly working? The modern workplace presents many opportunities for digital distraction, and it turns out there’s an actual word for it: cyberloafing.
A cyber loafer is a person who finds it all too easy to drift away from work and get easily distracted by the endless potential of internet surfing. Some people think cyberloafing at work is a waste of time, but studies show that a little cyberloafing can actually help boost productivity and creative thinking.
Positive cyber loafers are able to refresh the mind by engaging in a non-work related task to regain focus or find new ideas. But negative cyber loafers get caught in a whirlwind of clicks and scrolls and often find it difficult to get back on the productivity train.
A study by University of Sheffield’s Department of Psychology found most people who feel inclined to cyberload often feel unmotivated or unhappy at work. Around 6 out of 10 employees slack off from between 3 hours per week to even 2 hours per day.
We all cyberloaf - so instead of feeling bad about it, most experts suggest using cyberloafing to your advantage. By harnessing the power of short breaks, you can actually get more done in a day.
Here are some ways to use distractions in a good way:
There’s no ‘right’ amount of time you should spend getting distracted - but there are some definite benefits. Our advice? From time to time, recharge with a power nap! It can really do wonders for your mood, energy, and creativity!