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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Retreat from the Information Shower - Interruption Management

As writer Kevin Donahue observes: a married father of two whose job requires him to be plugged in 24-7, began weaning himself from his cell phone. Davids Swink's goal was to leave office stress in the office. “Make your smartphone work for you, rather than be at its mercy,” recommended Swink, chief creative officer of Strategic Interactions.

He suggested putting the phone in a drawer, turning off the ringer, and setting up a regular time every couple of hours to check and answer e-mail for 5 minutes.

After doing so, Swink concluded, “I needed more like 10 minutes per session! But overall, I felt cleansed, less stressed, and was more engaged with my family. Those mini-interruptions – not just work, but Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail from friends – really take a toll!”

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Monday, March 05, 2018

Reprogrammed by our Own Technology - Interruption Management

An article in the Boston Globe discusses why you can’t stop checking your phone. To fight such activities as texting and driving means confronting a bigger problem: that our technology is reprogramming us!

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Too Much 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.”

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Forsake Excess - Interruption Management

Have you recently considered your approaches to information intake and determined how you can pare down? On a basic level, I suggest opening your mail over the waste basket; it's much easier to throw things out with the waste basket below you.

If you receive a hard copy magazine or journal, review it rapidly and extract the articles or items that look like they'll be of interest. Recycle the rest of the publication. Often, there's no need to hang on to the back issues of a publication. Much of the information is also on-line. In general pare down what you receive to only what you need -- reduce the volume as quickly and easily as possible.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Pervasive Interruptions - Interruption Management

Have you noticed? It seems as if we've reached the point where a typical person in our society now has Attention Deficit Disorder, culturally induced. The rising decibel level in public spaces, as documented over the last 25 years, all but confirms that our society has embraced a perpetually higher level of noise. Added to that, the number of messages that each of us is bombarded with on a daily basis has no end.

From billboards, to bus panels, to ads over urinals, at all times, and in all places, someone is vying for our attention. E-mail and the Internet have exacerbated the problem, but even those who are not online and not wired are subject to cultural Attention Deficit Disorder. Why? Because the general level of message bombardment in our society is exceedingly high.

Retrieve a person from a primitive society, someone who has never been exposed to television or telephones, or, if you could, retrieve someone from 1918, and today’s information bombardment would have immediate impact: I would be surprised if such visitors to our culture did not have near-instant nervous breakdown.

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Sunday, February 04, 2018

Bogus Deception for the Masses - Interruption Management

For at least the last several years, several a month, I've received various "help me move my fortune from my third-world country" email letters. How can the same transparent tactics be employed upmteen times unless there are legions of recipients who actually respond to such letters?

How difficult can it be for email account users in 2018 to figure out that these bogus claims are perpetrated by career criminals whose thievery is largely untraceable?

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Our 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."


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Managing Interruption Overload

Is the constant crushing burden of information and communication overload dragging you down, pulling you off course, and impeding your effectiveness? By the end of your workday, do you feel overworked, overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted? Would you like to be more focused, productive, and competitive, while remaining balanced and in control?

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