“A 2007 study by Basex estimated that distractions cost U.S. businesses $588 billion per year. And what with the popularity of mobile devices making it much too easy to disrupt anyone’s day, my guess is it’s much higher by now.
So what do you think these distractions amount to in time and money, never mind sanity? Do you believe that a five-minute interruption robs you of only five minutes? Nope. It takes the human brain about seven minutes to refocus, so you’re looking at a whopping 12 minutes.”