Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Some Interruptions are Worthwhile - Interruption Management
In a few days, will "celebrate" Labor Day, a day for acknowledging the American Labor movement. We've homogenized our holidays, however..
Instead of letting many of the holidays fall as they would, scattered throughout the days of the week, we now force fit them into Mondays or Fridays so that we can enjoy long weekends. No more Lincoln's Birthday, no more Washington's birthday, we now have President's Day, and too many citizens have no idea which presidents we're even honoring.
Labor day has become a shopping day. For many, Memorial Day has no meaning other than that which TV viewers might happen to view on the 6 o'clock news, when they see veterans marching in formation or loved ones visiting a cemetery. There is no national unity through the celebration of common national holidays. Indeed, if anything there is splintering.
The quest for efficiency
or uniformity has morphed into a social blandness in which no days stand out. No celebrations are worth getting worked up about, little or no true reflection occurs, and the only pauses anyone take is when they're forced to, i.e. the car stalls, the computer crashes, or blackout squelches electricity for a night.
Labels: bland, boring, celebration, citizen, holidays, Labor Day, meaningless, shopping
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
One Thing at a Time! - Interruption Management
What is the fastest, most efficient way you can handle all the things competing for your attention? Prioritize them, and then handle them one at a time
. It sounds simple enough, but this goes against the grain of society, which "says" do many things at once to be more efficient.
You see this every day: someone jogging down the road listening to an Ipod or somebody doing work or reading while eating lunch. People double up activities, as if somehow that is going to make things easier
, better, more rewarding, or longer lasting.
Consider some of the greatest people in history: George Washington, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King. Were they in a hurry? Sure, they acted urgently because the things they did were important, but did they walk faster, talk faster, try to do any of the things we do today to be
"efficient?" No -- they had mastered the art of doing one thing at a time.
The daily information and media shower leaves each of us incapable of ingesting, synthesizing, or applying the data before tomorrow's shower. You've got to break out of the mindset that society has imposed upon you. Sometimes the best way to be productive is to sit at your desk doing nothing; at least nothing that looks like anything to people walking by.
Labels: focus, information overload, mastery, multi-tasking, one thing
Friday, August 01, 2014
Aspire to Leadership - Interruption Management
Crack the Leadership Code
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We hear all the time about the suffering of employees, but what about the silent suffering of leaders? The truth is, leadership can be lonely – and we need a place to reflect and learn. That’s why I’m speaking at Dr. Michelle Pizer’s special summit, along with 20 other leadership experts. Dr. Michelle Pizer is an executive coach and organizational psychologist bringing credibility and compelling strategies to the idea that great leaders aren’t born - they’re bred.
Great leadership is a mindset. It’s not just about getting the job done; it’s about how you get it done. It’s about humanizing the workplace. Over the course of the 21 days of the summit, learn essential skills from conversational intelligence to finding your charisma and cultivating talent in today’s changing business environment.
No matter where you are in the hierarchy, you can turn your silent suffering into productive and dynamic leadership – and your employees will thank you for it. That’s good news for the workplace – and good news for the bottom line.
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Labels: coach, dynamic, leadership, productive, skills, summit, workplace
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Too Many Distractions - Interruption Management
We are surrounded by far too many choices and distractions. For example, in supermarkets there are double the items now as compared to 20 years ago. In a few more years there will be even more items; how can we effectively handle such an onslaught?
No matter how many items the supermarket stocks, you can continue to buy what you have always bought and tune out much of the distraction. However, even that could get a little tedious since everyone likes to try new things.
I recommend exploring one new area – in the meats, fruits, cheeses, frozen foods, whatever – each trip to the supermarket. If you shop once a week, in the course of the year you will have tried at least 50 new products without expending mental effort or consternation in the process.
If you are up for adventure, load your entire supermarket shopping cart with all new products that you've yet to try. Either way, whether you choose to take on a selective number of new items per week or load up your whole shopping cart with new items, you are not investing time or mental effort on the onslaught of thousands of products competing for your attention.
Labels: attention, choice, choose, distract, effort, onslaught, shop
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Mental Stimulation vs Languishing - Interruption Management
Society views the mental stimulation provided by grade school necessary for the normal development of children. After high school, though, we view mental exercise differently. It's widely understood that to be successful in a material sense, some sort of further education – whether collegiate or trade-oriented – is necessary, but other kinds of mental stimulation are generally seen as optional and somewhat unnecessary.
Films, books, television, and music are all designed to be as entertaining as possible – not to be as educational or as conducive to personal growth as possible. These entertainments are created for passive consumption, and that's exactly how we experience them. We are couch potatoes, not only physically, but mentally. Low Level Thinking
We do use our minds, to some degree, just to get through life everyday, but because much of that kind of thinking takes little effort, it doesn't qualify as exercise. There's a big difference between contemplating moral issues, art criticism, or scientific discoveries, and deciding which frozen dinner you want to heat up tonight.
For many adults, job-related learning through continuing education or training is nearly the only mental exercise they get. Those of us who have dead-end jobs or careers we don't care about don't even have that source of stimulation.
The truth is, that many of us have languished mentally for too long and could use a little mental exercise.
Labels: development, growth, languish, learn, mental, stimulation, think
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Derive Answers From Within - Interruption Management
Years back, I had immersed myself in a sea of self-help books and audios to the point that I had no time left in the day for myself. Practicing ten minutes of this person's technique and 30 minutes of that would literally not even allow time to eat.
Why is it that we so often continue seek answers from others when, if we relied on our inherent abilities (to handle most things) that would be the shortest destination to our goal?
Labels: ability, answer, books, find, goal, seek, self-help