Technology never ceases to amaze me. Fifteen years ago, I never would have dreamed that I’d watch videos on my phone, read magazines on an e-reader or grocery shop sitting in front of my computer.

Heck, in those days, I still was trying to get my head around Hotmail and Napster!

Now, I have no idea how I ever lived without electronic bill pay and iTunes, and love that there’s an app for nearly everything.

Speaking of an app for everything, the latest case in point is a funny new one from Xerox called the Business of Your Brain app. (Download it here.) The app analyzes your emails and calendar notices to identify those distractions that steer focus away from work.

“For today’s office worker, the inbox often defines our day as email and meeting notices dictate our every move,” says Christa Carone, Xerox chief marketing officer, adding that the app “offers a satirical yet humbling view of what stands between the inescapable inbox and the ability to focus on real work.” 

Among other things, Business of Your Brain will tell you:
• Which colleague with whom you have the most meetings.
• Who sends you the most emails flagged with that infamous “high alert!” red exclamation point.
• Which buzzwords in email subject lines most often drain your focus away from work.
• The colleagues that send the longest emails, or ones who annoyingly reply all just to say “thanks.”
• Whose emails you most often delete without reading.

I think this is pretty hilarious, but Carone asserts the app “gives some not-so-subtle nods to taking back control of your workday.” Do you agree? Would knowing who most often bogs down your time in meetings lead you to schedule fewer of them? How would knowing whose emails you delete most make your workday more productive? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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