Ad and marketing executives surveyed say the longest they can work on a task without being interrupted is 30 minutes, on average, the according to the study.
The most common culprits of on-the-job distractions are people stopping by to chat and phone calls, cited by 27% and 26% of ad and marketing execs, respectively.
Some 19% of ad and marketing execs cite email as the biggest cause of work distractions, whereas 8% cite social media.
For professionals in all industries, such unplanned tasks are often the primary reason for not completing planned work.
Most (63%) business professionals frequently create to-do lists to help combat the problem, according to separate research from LinkedIn. Women are more likely than men to say they frequently keep to-do lists (71% vs. 60%).
Even so, only 11% of business professionals say they accomplish all the tasks they plan on a given workday.