Friday, January 30, 2015
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.
Labels: clutter, distraction, focus, organization, proactive, proactivity, productivity
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Tips on Working With Interruption - 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?
Labels: anxiety, disrupt, fears, interruptions, stress, Techno Stress
Monday, January 12, 2015
Pervasive Attention Deficit Disorder - Interruption Management
Sadly, we've reached the point where a typical person in society today has some symptoms of attention deficit disorder, culturally induced. The rising decibel level in public spaces, as documented over the last 25 years, all but confirms that we have tolerated a perpetually higher level of noise. Added to that, there is no end to the messages that bombard us each day. From billboards, to bus panels, to ads over urinals, at all times, and in all places, someone is vying for our attention.
E-mail, the Internet, and mobile devices have exacerbated the problem, but even people who are not online and not wired are subject to cultural attention deficit disorder, because our culture's level of message bombardment 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 1915, and today’s information bombardment would have immediate impact, and such visitors to our culture might experience near-instant nervous breakdown.
Labels: A.D.D., attention, bombard, disorder, messages, mobile, noise, overwhelm, pervasive
Thursday, January 08, 2015
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Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Despite the Clutter, Concentrate - Interruption Management
Years ago, I attended Sam Horn's session on concentration. Still great advice to this day in the face of too many potential interruptions!
* Concentration defined: voluntarily focused attention
* Discipline of ignoring irrelevant matters
* Fixing ones' powers, efforts and attention
* Most people work best under a deadline; when their concentration is focused.
* Fatigue is a big road block to concentration
This last note is telling!:
* Society is moving towards a lower frustration tolerance with less discipline, and more need for immediate gratification. These are detriments to concentration.
Labels: advise, concentration, discipline, focus, instant gratification, productivity, work
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Managing the Beforehand - Interruption Management
During the closing days of my senior year of high school, I rounded up some of the items on the bulletin boards that I thought would make great mementos
. I had a roster of all the letter winners who were invited to the awards dinner last week. I also had the daily absentee list of the senior class, several of the school's monthly news letters, and various other announcements and memos. Over the years, moving from Connecticut to Washington, DC to North Carolina, these items remained in a folder of other school items such as report cards, progress reports, and college acceptance letters.
For many reasons, my high school class did not have a five or ten of fifteen year reunion. They had one eighteen year reunion which I heard about afterwards and then another at thirty which, thankfully, I did learn about in time to attend.
In preparation for attending the thirtieth reunion, I carefully copied all my artifacts from my high school days, left the copies at home, and brought the originals with me. When I dispensed them to the class secretary and other officers, it blew them away. They made announcements during the evening of the artifacts I had so carefully preserved over the last thirty years. One of my friends, Greg, thought I was nuts.
Actually, what I had been doing was practicing the art of managing the beforehand, long before I even had defined it. It just occurred to me that someday what represented every day kinds of documents in in high school would be highly noteworthy 30 years later.
Labels: artifacts, beforehand, filing, foresight, preparation, reunions, thinking ahead
Sunday, December 21, 2014
High Connection, Constant Interruption - Interruption Management
An article ten years ago today in USA Today
said it all: “Personal computers, cellphones, and high-speed Internet are considered essential to getting by for millions of Americans who are showing early signs of addiction to the next wave of high-tech toys…”
The article went on to say that “many people… consider high-tech gadgetry essential to modern life,” and quoted psychologist Bob Greenfield who observed, "Part of the reason is the hype, the commercial selling of it. Some people feel the products will improve the quality of their lives. But do we really need to be connected in every way, shape or form?"
Labels: addiction, article, connection, interruption, modern life, quality of life, stress, technology, USA Today