According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American works 8.8 hours every day. Yet a study of nearly 2,000 full-time office workers revealed that most people aren't working for most of the time they're at work.
Reading news websites - 1 hour 5 min Checking social media - 44 min Discussing non-work-related things with coworkers - 40 min Searching for new jobs - 26 min Taking smoke breaks - 23 min Making calls to partners/ friends - 18 min Making hot drinks - 17 min Texting or instant messaging - 14 min Eating snacks - 8 min Making food in office - 7 min
This is particularly good news for freelancers and others who work from home. It's easy to feel like you're not "doing" enough when you don't have to go into an office. Yet this research suggests that if you're productive for just 3 hours a day, you're outputting the same amount as someone in the office for 8 hours.