If you are feeling easily distracted and unproductive, you aren't alone.
From the recent election and 24 hour news cycle to an increasing dependence on -- and distraction by -- smartphones, collective productivity levels are on the decline.
The occasional low-energy day or a need for contemplative, unscheduled break time can help us refuel and re-energize.
But spending an undue amount of our days in a semi-productive state takes a toll. It can lead to decreased quality of work and low morale. It can result in missed deadlines, revenue loss, or delay production schedules. Over time, ineffectiveness leads to unnecessary stress, burnout, and dysfunction.