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Monday, May 23, 2016

Your IQ with Interruptions - Interruption Management

From an article in New Scientist magazine, April, 30 2005:

The next time your boss complains you are not focused enough, blame it on email and phone calls. Even smoking dope has less effect on your ability to concentrate on the task in hand.

At least that's what Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist King's College London, found when he and his team asked 80 volunteers to carry out problem-solving tasks, first in a quiet environment and then while being bombarded with emails and phone calls.

Despite being told to ignore the interruptions, the average IQ of the volunteers dropped by about 10 points. Not everyone was equally affected - men were twice as distracted as women. Studies have also shown that IQs of people high on pot drop by only 5 points.

"If left unchecked, 'infomania' will damage a worker's performance by reducing their mental sharpness," says Wilson. "This is a very real and widespread phenomenon." Information overload can reduce a person's ability to focus as much as losing a night's sleep can, he adds.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Handle One Thing at a Time - Interruption Management

People are forever asking me how to handle the array of of items and tasks confronting them. If you have six priority items competing for your time and attention, rank them #1 to #6. Then, tackle #1 all the way to completion, or as far as you can take it. Perhaps you have to give it to somebody else; maybe someone has to approve it or sign off on it. This should not hinder you from beginning #2.

Give each task your complete time and attention. Continue until you are finished. No method for handling six assignments is faster than the one that was just described. That is how you focus on the task at hand.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Remain Focused and Win - Interruption Management

When you're besieged by information on a continual basis, you begin to feel overwhelmed, which leads to the feeling of over-work and stress, and decreased concentration.

When you eliminate a lot of the extraneous information and distractions that make their way to you, you will not feel as over-worked or overwhelmed. Get off mailing lists, drop most subscriptions, and avoid extraneous information whenever you can.

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

More Productive, but More To do - Interruption Management

"Technology reduces the amount of time it takes to do any one task but also leads to the expansion of tasks that people are expected to do." --Juliet Schor

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Friday, April 29, 2016

The High Mortality of Apps - Interruption Management

According to Apple, 119 apps have been downloaded for every iPhone sold. Yet, less than 25% of those apps are ever used in any given month.

On average, apps lose more than 75% of their users within three days after being downloaded. Among those apps that are used beyond three days, and are patronized regularly by users, Americans are spending more than 3.5 hours a day on them. Hence, only a small percentage of the apps that people ever download proved to be worthy of the time money and investment in using them.

Most apps are cast by the wayside in relatively short order. It appears we become a society of short-attention down-loaders, quite fussy as to what works for us and what does not

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Information Coming Faster - Interruption Management

It seems unreal but broadband Internet service has been predominate for only ten years:

According to J.D. Power and Associates in their “2006 Internet Service Provider Residential Customer Satisfaction Study,” broadband has finally passed dial-up for Internet home access. Some 56% of residential ISP customers subscribe to broadband, and 44% to subscribe dial-up.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Information Explosion - Interruption Management

As I wrote in my 2007 book, Breathing Space, the term "Information Explosion" has no meaning. The discharge of information spewing forth since the phrase "information explosion" was first coined dwarfs the original meaning. Within a few years, half of our technical knowledge will have been replaced.

Every other page in all the texts on AIDS, biomass, chemical dependency, diet, electronic funds transfer, fire retardation, gynecology, hydrogen fission, immunology, jet propulsion, kinetics, linear motion, meteorology, novas, obstetrics, pituitary functioning, quasars, relativity, sonar, telemetry, uranium, viruses, wellness, x-rays, yacht racing, and zoology, will be rewritten.

So, your task becomes to focus on the in your field that will have the greatest impact on you, your organization, your family, and your world.

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Jeff Davidson - Expert at Managing Interruption Overload

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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?

If you're continually facing too many interruptions and too many demands, you need Breathing Space.


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