Friday, July 24, 2015
Red Tape Interrupts - Interruption Management
At 20 large U.S. banks, the cost of complying with U.S. laws and regulations grew far faster than profit growth, an industry survey found.
Given this reality, each of us needs to build greater "administration" time and effort into our plans. Society inherently grows more complex and disrupts our productivity all the time. Our challenge is to harness that complexity and convert it to a competitive advantage.
Labels: competition, complexity, disruption, organization, personal growth, proactive, regulation
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Disruptive and Harmful: Loud Noise - Interruption Management
The health effects of sound could, literally, echo through our bodies. A study in the Journal of Occupational Health
took nighttime readings on workers who were exposed to loud sounds during the day. The workers' sleep quality was poor, their nighttime heart rates never dropped as low as those of people not exposed to noise, and their cortisol levels were still elevated the following morning.
Labels: cortisol, disruption, echo, harm, health, information, noise, sleep
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Human Evolution, Interrupted - Interruption Management
Here are excerpts from James Gardner's review of: The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
, by Ray Kurzweil, published by the Viking Press:
1) On the fusion of human and machine intelligence
: In the post-Singularity era, techno-futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts, there will be no distinction between human beings and their technologies. As we merge with our machines, we will become something more than merely human.
2) The Borg-like hybrid entity that is our evolutionary destiny will, in Kurzweil's words, "match and then vastly exceed the refinement and suppleness of what we regard as the best of human traits." From the "perspective of un-enhanced biological humanity" this future state of affairs "will appear to rupture the fabric of human history."
3) The only thing that will remain unequivocally human in such a world will be what Kurzweil regards as the defining trait of our humanity: the instinct to "extend [humankind's] physical and mental reach beyond current limitations."
Labels: aging, artificial intelligence, biology, evolution, futurist, innovation, lifespan, machine, technology
Monday, July 06, 2015
More Email, Lower IQ - Interruption Management
“Workers distracted by phone calls, e-mails, and text messages suffer a greater loss of IQ than a person smoking marijuana, a 2005 British study suggested
. The constant interruptions reduce productivity and leave people feeling tired and lethargic,
according to a survey carried out by TNS Research and commissioned by Hewlett Packard.” The survey of 1,100 Britons showed:
* A majority of three people check their electronic messages out of office hours and when on holiday
* Half of all workers respond to an e-mail within 60 minutes of receiving one
* One in five will break off from a business or social engagement to respond to a message.
* Nine out of 10 people thought colleagues who answered messages during face-to-face meetings were rude, while three out of 10 believed it was not only acceptable, but a sign of diligence and efficiency.
“The mental impact of trying to balance
a steady inflow of messages while getting on with normal work took its toll, the UK's Press Association reported. In 80 clinical trials, Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at King's College London University, monitored the IQ of workers throughout the day. He found the IQ of those who tried to juggle messages and work fell by 10 points -- the equivalent to missing a whole night's sleep and more than double the 4-point fall seen after smoking marijuana.”
Labels: efficiency, email, etiquette, IQ, manners, productive, rude, study, work
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Interruptions in Health Care! - Interruption Management
In an article titled Sidetracks on the Safety Express
, Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP convincingly makes the case for doing one thing at a time
and avoiding multi-tasking
if at all possible.
"...the risk of any medication error increases 12.7% with each interruption,
and the risk of a harmful medication error is doubled when nurses are
interrupted four times during a single drug administration and tripled
when they’re interrupted six times. Thus, distractions and interruptions have major consequences in health care."
"Distractions and interruptions include anything that draws away,
disturbs, or diverts attention from the task at hand, forcing attention
on a new task at least temporarily. Attending to the new task increases
the risk of an error with one or both of the tasks because the stress of
the distraction or interruption causes cognitive fatigue, which leads
to omissions, mental slips or lapses, and mistakes."
"New staff members are particularly vulnerable to distractions and
interruptions because interrupting a new task to do a second task
affects how the brain processes and stores the information, thereby
compromising the ability to recall the new task correctly at a later
Labels: attention, brain, consequence, distract, error, health, interrupt, lapse, mistake, nurses, safety, sidetrack, vulnerable
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Be Interrupted Less, Achieve More - Interruption Management
Get interrupted less, achieve more:
With office and workplace interruptions on the
rise, career professionals everywhere are experiencing
monumental struggles to stay focused. By some studies, today’s
typical worker is interrupted every 11 minutes and then takes
another 25 minutes to return to the original task because of
all the other distractions along the way. The more often you can keep interruptions at bay, stay focused on the
task at hand, and allow yourself to do your best work, the more you’ll
get done in a day.
Labels: achievement, distraction, focus, interruption, productivity, workplace
Friday, June 19, 2015
Enhanced TVs, Less Exercise - Interruption Management
TVs in 2016 will get brighter, thinner, and more social.
Do we need this? With an already an obese, often mentally unhealthy populace, will whiz bang TVs do anything about that?
Labels: addiction, fat, lethargy, obese, social, technology, television, thin