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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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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Power of Focus - Interruption Management

Notes from the Power of Focus by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt

    People who are busy all the time will never get anywhere in life if they lack focus.  For such a short word focus packs power.

     *    Steam rising from a boiling pot is unfocused.  Steam surging through a turbine engine will propel vehicles.  Light from a flame is unfocused.  Light from a laser beam is so highly focused that it will cut steel. 

     *    The unfocused in business or career may do well, but frequently wonder if they are living up to their potential.  They promise themselves that someday it will be different.  They stay busy doing things that seem urgent, but as time passes they don’t seem to get far.  They may have good products or services but haven’t found ways to turn them into integrated systems that can bring large contracts or bigger deals.

     *    Focus on personal identity – in 25 words or less who are you as a person without using your name, address, age, gender, education credentials, social status, position, religious affiliation or nationality. 

    What do you value most? 
    What one thing do you worry about most? 
    What one thing do you talk about most? 
    Which of your talents have you developed most fully and rely on most often?
    What challenges do you find most appealing? 
    What are you most proud of? 
    What would you like to have done differently? 
    What are the three keys to your personal identity?

         *    Focus on professional purpose – in 12 words or less exactly what do you do? 

    What is your guiding or controlling area in life? 
    What is your strategy for implementing that idea? 
    How would your staff describe your professional purpose? 
    What are your three greatest strengths and how are you capitalizing on them?

     *    Focus on your career vision – are you a calculated risk taker? 

    How does what you do all day square with how you see yourself? 
    What is your most vital role? 
    What is your secondary role? 
    What role do you want to play? 
    What is your career mission? 
    How do you know when you are accomplishing it?

     *    Focus on your market – what is your unique niche in the market place? 
    What do you do better than anybody else? 
    Who are your customers and what do they need given what you do better than anyone else? 
    What is their perception of value? 
    And of you?

     *    Focus on your products – as an insider to your market, how can you capitalize on what you do to leverage to your differential advantage the unique customer needs?

     *    Once you achieve focus in the five key areas, amazing things happen.  You can constantly redirect your time, energy, talent, expertise and money from areas of low yield to high yield.  You can systematically develop your most productive strengths and compensate for your most costly weaknesses. 

    You can quality the results that you expect and measure your performance hourly, daily, weekly and annually. You can identify obstacles, problems and attack them effectively. You can identify the most productive ideas and go after the greatest opportunities. You can communicate clearly and persuasively with people who can help you achieve your goals. You can approach nearly every opportunity with complete confidence.  You have a whole lot more fun at everything that you do.

    When you are in focus your life takes on new clarity. You mind focuses, your thoughts, feelings and actions to form a clear picture of who you are and where you are going. When you are focused you go far.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Higher Productivity via Happiness - Interruption Management

The happier you are, the more effectively your brain functions. Ultimately, this results in higher productivity.  Slide to 7:05 to see the last five minutes of Shawn Anchor's talk which succinctly encapsulates his work on happiness and productivity.

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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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