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Monday, April 13, 2015

Noise Distracts - Interruption Management

Fourteen years ago, the article “Noise Busters” by Richard and Joyce Wolkomir appeared in Smithsonian Magazine. From the authors:

“Nature quiet is now preserved in only 7% of Arizona’s Grand Canyon national park and nowhere in Hawaii’s volcano’s National Park.”

“Among city dwelling Americans, 87% are exposed to noise so loud it has the potential to degrade hearing capacity over time. But you will not necessarily find peace in the suburbs or country side either, not with the on slot of leaf blowers, snow blowers, lawn mowers, chain saws, snow mobiles, power boats, and all terrain vehicles.

“Researchers have demonstrated that noise can raise your blood pressure and change your blood chemistry… Adrenaline levels can rise, indicating the imposition of stress.”

Noise is unwanted sound, derived from the Latin word for nausea. In 1960 there were no leaf blowers, no jet skis, no car alarms, and few snowmobiles.

Noise on one side of the school has been shown to diminish some children’s test scores, compared with that of children on the other side of the school in a relatively noise-free zone, who otherwise have the same academic capabilities and demographic profile.

Do you want to do your best work? Get away from the noise.

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Monday, April 06, 2015

Text Now, Fail Later - Interruption Management

In a USA Today article: "As social media become nearly inescapable on college campuses, a pair of recently published studies supports what many professors already have concluded: Students using Facebook or text messaging during a lecture tend to do worse when quizzed later."

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Friday, March 27, 2015

More, and Shorter, Meetings - Interruption Management

As reported in Meetings & Conventions: "Requests for meeting proposals are now exceeding pre-recession levels."

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Blizzard of Catalogs, Still - Interruption Management

In this age of high-speed Internet connections and smart phones, catalog companies in the U.S. annually mail more than 20 billion catalogs, consuming nearly four million tons of paper. The quality as well as availability of recycled paper has improved, but too many f catalogers, among them the top names in the industry, still use virgin paper. What a waste, for everyone and everything.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Multi-tasking: The Ultimate Interruption - Interruption Management

“There’s substantial literature on how the brain handles multi-tasking. And basically, it doesn’t … what’s really going on is a rather than simultaneous processing,” concludes Jordan Grafman, chief of the cognitive neuroscience section at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

More Tasks, More Distractions - 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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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Major Disruption: A Hacked Password - Interruption Management

Using any of the 25 most popular passwords of 2014 is highly risky. A hacked password equals no breathing space. Instead make up something more complex, with random letters and numbers, such as ij6ko40d1. Or use an acronym and numbers known only to you, such a mwdSin12 ("my wonderful dog Skippy is now 12").


These are a hackers delight:
      1. 123456 (Rank unchanged from 2013)
      2. password (Unchanged)
      3. 12345 (Up 17)
      4. 12345678 (Down 1)
      5. qwerty (Down 1)


      6. 123456789 (Unchanged)
      7. 1234 (Up 9)
      8. baseball (New)
      9. dragon (New)
    10. football (New)


    11. 1234567 (Down 4)
    12. monkey (Up 5)
    13. letmein (Up 1)
    14. abc123 (Down 9)
    15. 111111 (Down 8)


    16.mustang (New)
    17. access (New)
    18. shadow (Unchanged)
    19. master (New)
    20. michael (New)


    21. superman (New)
    22. 696969 (New)
    23. 123123 (Down 12)
    24. batman (New)
    25. trustno1 (Down 1)

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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?

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