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How many days per week are you actually productive at work?

About 3.

More highlights from the Microsoft Office Personal Productivity Challenge (which drew responses from more than 38,000 people in 200 countries):

  • People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive (U.S.: 45 hours a week; 16 hours are considered unproductive).
  • People spend 5.6 hours each week in meetings; 69 percent feel meetings aren’t productive (U.S.: 5.5 hours; 71 percent feel meetings aren’t productive).
  • Women had an average productivity score of 72 percent, compared with 71 percent for men (U.S.: women, 70 percent; men, 68 percent).
  • Workers said they receive an average of 42 e-mail messages per day (U.S.: 56).
  • The most common productivity pitfalls are unclear objectives, lack of team communication and ineffective meetings — chosen by 32 percent of respondents overall — followed by unclear priorities at 31 percent and procrastination at 29 percent (U.S.: procrastination, 42 percent; lack of team communication, 39 percent; ineffective meetings, 34 percent).

Hat tip: Oliver Burkeman’s Help! How to be slightly happier and get a bit more done.

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