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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Awareness Fatigue, National Distraction - Interruption Management

Kim Strassel, writing in the the Wall Street Journal a few years back pointed out the fallacy of too many days and dates to keep in mind:

Chase Annual Events contains more than 12,000 entries and is more than 700 pages long. The book allows any sponsor of an event to send in an item and will publish it free of charge, though it limits entries to those that are of national or broadly regional interest or that seem to have some special entertainment value. In one month, we find Listen to Your Inner Critic Month, Freedom From Bullies at Work Week, Create a Great Funeral Day, National Be Bald and Be Free Day, National Sarcastics Month and National She Loves God Week.

Awareness campaigns have become so commonplace these days that even presidents throw them about willy-nilly. Dozens of presidential proclamations abound ranging from National Safe Boating Week to Spirit of the ADA Month (celebrating the American With Disabilities Act) to National Day of Concern About Young People and Gun Violence.

The result of awareness-day fatigue is that some of the more serious groups -- those that had previously accomplished some charitable good with awareness days -- have thought about getting out.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Unlimited Information, Unlimited Distraction - Interruption Management

Too much information violates our senses and even becomes harmful. As you receive more information, you experience stress, anxiety, and even helplessness. Your perception of breathing space is adversely and directly influenced by the more news, information and details that you ingest, or believe you have to ingest.

* In 1302, the Sorbonne Library in Paris housed 1,338 books, most handwritten, representing nearly all of humankind's accumulated knowledge spanning a few thousand years.

* In 2017, at least 730,000 books are published each year -- more than 2,000 a day.

In today's business environment we are being pulled in many directions at once! Recognize, with the clarity of death, that life is finite; you cannot wistfully ingest the daily deluge of information and communication and expect to achieve balance.

Don't passively yield to the din and settle for living your life in what's left over after each day's onslaught. Hereafter make sensible choices about what is best ignored and what merits your time and attention. Take charge of your immediate environment to reduce the number of interruptions that are under your control.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Distracted Walking - Interruption Management

The new ultimate interruption: Distracted Walking.  In how many of the death's reported below might a pedestrian on a cell phone been involved?

from the Wall Street Journal: Nationwide, pedestrian-vehicle fatalities have been rising in recent years after decades of decline. Though some experts caution that it may be too early to call it a trend, the increases are giving urgency to efforts by transportation experts and urban planners to make American cities safer for walking.

In 1975, more than 7,500 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents across the US. By 2009, the figure dropped to a low of 4,109. But in 2011, U.S. Department of Transportation figures indicated a rise to 4,432, amounting to 14% of all traffic deaths that year, which totaled 32,367.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Wasted Time and Resources - Interruption Management

Here are various proclamations about wasted time, resources, and days; sad if even half true!

* Americans waste 9 million hours per day searching for misplaced items.

* The average adult spends 16 hours a year searching for lost keys.

* 80% of the items we file, we never look at again

* The average person spends 8 months of his/her life reading junk mail.

* 90 million trees are consumed each year to provide paper for junk mail.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

What is Information? - Interruption Management

Information is a message received and understood.

Information is a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn.

Information is statistical data.

Information is knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction.

“Information is that which reduces uncertainty.” Claude Shannon

Information must be something or about something, although the exact nature – substance, energy, or abstract concept – isn't clear.

Information is not a repetition of previously received message.

“Information is that which changes us.” Gregory Bateson

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Working Well Despite Interruptions - Interruption Management

According to Technostress co-authors Larry Rosen, Ph.D and Michelle Weil, Ph.D. when working in a potentially interruption-laden environment, ask yourself three questions:

1. Do I really need to know?

2. Do I really want to know now?

3. Do I really want the interruption that might occur once I know?

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Yes, Clutter Distracts - Interruption Management

Information is stored in spaces -- tables, shelves, desks, disks, hard drives, mobile devices, web sites, etc. and you control the spaces in your life.

Clutter is distracting. If your desk is a mess right now, strewn high with piles that are growing higher, remember you're the one who controls that space, as well as your filing cabinet, your shelves, the top of your dining room table, your kitchen counter, your glove compartment, or your back seat.

You are the one controlling your space, and this acknowledgment will help you to stay focused on the task at hand.

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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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