Thursday, April 27, 2017
Disruption by Scores - Interruption Management
The NFL Red Zone Channel offers what it calls "showcasing" which means presenting all scoring or potential scoring moments of every active NFL game. This is exactly what stands don’t need!
Years ago was enough to see one game and read about the rest in the sports page the next day. Then it was enough to have the "sports machine" with Washington DC's George Michael recap everything on Sunday night. Then was enough to go to a sports bar and see a couple games on at the same time.
Now, expectations have gone through the roof. The ability to see every potential scoring opportunity as it’s occurring? -- I can only imagine what will happen to the health and well-being of the typical fan. After all, while they're watching others, it's not convenient to exercise, not to mention the level of disruption.
Labels: disruption, exercise, expectations, fans, health, scoring, showcasing, sports, well-being
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.
Labels: awareness, charity, groups, information overload, society
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.
Labels: anxiety, busyness, choice, information overload, stress, work
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
Labels: car driver, distraction, interruption, noise, safety, walk, walking
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.
Labels: compounding effect, environment, information management, time management, waste
Sunday, March 19, 2017
What is Information? - Interruption Management
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
Labels: change, communication, definitions, information, quotes
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?
Labels: anxiety, disrupt, fears, interruptions, stress, Techno Stress