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It's Fine to Obsess Over March Madness at Work

Good news: Not all workplace distractions are bad.

For many office workers, March means hours spent surreptitiously watching college basketball games and obsessively checking in on brackets. If it’s not March Madness, it’s another workday diversion (The Olympics, anyone?). Even when there’s nothing major going on, between Slack, an unrelenting news cycle, and open offices, getting through an entire day without some kind of distraction is pretty much impossible.

For the easily distracted—which is all of us, right?—Rebecca and Francesca have some great news: not all distractions are bad. Gloria Mark, an informatics researcher at UC Irvine, studies workplace interruptions, multitasking, and procrastination. She has found that not all disruptions destroy productivity. You’re welcome.

You spend more time at your job than anywhere else. Each week, Game Plan hosts Rebecca Greenfield and Francesca Levy take a close look at the way we live our lives at work—our frustrations, dilemmas, habits, and anything else that happens in the office.


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