November 06, 2019

Americans Multi-task More Than Any Other Country - Suppressing Their Creativity and Inspiration

However, Survey from Marriott Hotels Reveals that just 15 Minutes of Mind-Clearing Leads to More Inspired Thinking

American business travelers multi-task more than their global peers, which can trigger a domino effect of creative suppression, according to a first-of-its-kind global survey produced by Marriott Hotels. Yet, the solution could be just a few deep breaths away – travelers reported that a brief recharge boosted productivity and their best work occurs during disconnected moments.

The survey from Marriott Hotels, the hotel brand that aims to create inspiring spaces to help guests reach their full potential, was fielded with 7,500 business travelers across nine global markets, including the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, China, Germany, Australia, Colombia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Key survey findings include:

To-do lists – thought to streamline focus – might actually be counterproductive.
Survey results showed 71% of global respondents said trying to complete everything on their to-do lists actually distracts them from focusing on what is really important, suggesting to-do lists might be holding travelers back instead of propelling them towards success. This proves especially true amongst U.S. respondents, with 77% agreeing with this statement.

Americans are multitasking more than any other country – but across the globe, inspiration and creativity are fleeting.
Nearly 70% of global respondents estimated they spend at least one hour a day multitasking. U.S. respondents were found to be most prone to multitasking; this statistic rose to 80% for them, only 1% said they do not multitask, and 44% said they spend three or more hours per day multitasking. Conversely, Mexican and Chinese respondents were the least prone to multitasking, with just 57% and 56% of them respectively estimating that they do so for at least one hour a day.

While multitasking trends are evidently varied among the countries surveyed, its implications appear to be consistent among travelers everywhere. 83% of global respondents believe that not having time to clear their minds negatively impacts their creativity and 81% believe it negatively impacts their ability to be inspired.

The "lightbulb" moment travelers everywhere crave can be recovered with just 15 minutes of clearing the mind.
By giving into distractions and choosing to multitask, travelers worldwide are taking away time that is otherwise necessary to relax, unwind and open the mind. Travelers are recognizing this problem; over half of global respondents (51%) said that if they had an additional 15 minutes in their day, they would devote it to clearing their minds – significantly higher than those who said they would use it to check/send emails (32%), or even spend time with friends and family (46%).

What's more, 40% of the global travelers surveyed think the amount of time they need to relax and get into the right mindset to be creative is 15-30 minutes, showing that even just a short moment of pause can have a positive impact on both personal and professional performance.

When travelers do give themselves the headspace to think – the benefits are obvious.
The survey clearly showed the benefits of getting into this clear mind state.

  • 80% of global respondents agreed inspiration often comes from a moment of pause
  • 62% said taking time to relax and clear the mind resulted in finding clarity on a problem
  • 50% of respondents said a clear mind allows them to set new goals
  • 84% of respondents believe they are most productive when they take a moment of pause during the day to relax and recharge
Despite these obvious benefits though, 70% of global travelers surveyed say on most days they find it difficult to relax and clear their minds, and 74% say their daily routine leaves them very little time to relax and reflect.

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