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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Negative News to Capture Your Attention - Interruption Management

What kind of information do you regularly receive from your favorite media sources? What type of picture do they paint about American society? Chris Michaud in a New York Post feature from 2007 wrote, "A surprising 94% of Americans say they are satisfied with their lives -- although far fewer in New York and other Eastern states think they're better off than they were five years ago, according to a new survey."


Why is this information relevant 10 year later? Perhaps certain media powers are pushing an agenda. So, ignore the New York Times and the other eastern media elite, and you might have a better chance of grasping current reality.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

When Information Interrupts - Interruption Management

Information yields all types of trend data, be it the rise of smartphone use, or the popularity of Twitter. What we never receive is how these trends add up: where things are going.

everything hits you from the left and right with no discernible pattern and no unifying theme, our lives seem hectic, change seems unmanageable, and few people have a clue as to how to prudently proceed in their lives.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Health Care and Interruptions - Interruption Management

In an article Sidetracks on the Safety Express, Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP convincingly makes the case for doing one thing at a time and avoiding multi-tasking if at all possible.

Three Excerpts:

 "...the risk of any medication error increases 12.7% with each interruption, and the risk of a harmful medication error is doubled when nurses are interrupted four times during a single drug administration and tripled when they’re interrupted six times. Thus, distractions and interruptions have major consequences in health care."

"Distractions and interruptions include anything that draws away, disturbs, or diverts attention from the task at hand, forcing attention on a new task at least temporarily. Attending to the new task increases the risk of an error with one or both of the tasks because the stress of the distraction or interruption causes cognitive fatigue, which leads to omissions, mental slips or lapses, and mistakes."

"New staff members are particularly vulnerable to distractions and interruptions because interrupting a new task to do a second task affects how the brain processes and stores the information, thereby compromising the ability to recall the new task correctly at a later date."

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The High Cost of Procastination - Interruption Management

An article “Man returns book overdue since 1960” features the high cost of procrastination! In 2007, Robert Nuranen of Hancock, Michigan turned in a book that he had borrowed for a ninth-grade assignment. Mr. Nuranen claimed that his mother misplaced the copy of Prince of Egypt while cleaning the house. Every now and then the family came across it, only to set it aside again. He found the book again around New Year’s day while going through a box in the attic, presuming looking for something else.

"I figured I'd better get it in before we waited another 10 years," he reported with a $171.32 check, equal to 47 years' worth of late fees. Librarian Sue Zubiena said that the library had long ago lost any record of the book, but she said, "I'm going to use it as an example," she said. "It's never too late to return your books."

How many times did the thoughts of turning that book in cross his mind? How many interruptions did he engender?

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Fewer Interruptions, High Productivty - Interruption Management

Get interrupted less, achieve more: With office and workplace interruptions on the rise, career professionals everywhere are experiencing monumental struggles to stay focused. By some studies, today’s typical worker is interrupted every 11 minutes and then takes another 25 minutes to return to the original task because of all the other distractions along the way.

The more often you can keep interruptions at bay, stay focused on the task at hand, and allow yourself to do your best work, the more you’ll get done in a day.

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

The Benefits of Solitude - Interruption Management

From Angela Brown International, ©1998, Wellness Training

There's a huge difference between being lonely and being alone. Alone is embracing solitude as you harmonize your material world with your soul. Lonely is living in emotional scramble mode, rushing to the phone or internet to connect with just anybody, doesn't matter who, or turning on the TV and radio for the sake of noise.

The next time you want to fill the void, please don't. Take a few minutes and enjoy just being you. Why would others want to be with you, if you don't want to be with you? It is a basic human need to be with and around others, yet you will continue to feel lonely until you are first, comfortable being alone.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Too Little Sleep, More Interruptions - Interruption Management

Only 3 percent of professionals get eight hours of sleep every night of the working week. According to a Travelodge sleep study, company directors are the most sleep-deprived of all, with 8 per cent getting under four hours of rest per night.

The survey included more than 5,200 individuals from 30 different careers to discover more about how work affects rest. Those in the travel industry, such as cabin crew and pilots, found it hardest to get to sleep: 86% struggled with sleepless nights. Teachers were the most likely to stay awake because they were worrying about their work (39%). Here are the top 10 most sleep-deprived professions are:

* Company directors (averaging 5.9 hours of sleep a night)
* Ambulance crew/paramedics (6 hours)
* Tradesmen (6 hours)
* Leisure and hospitality workers (6 hours)
* Police officers (6.1 hours)

* Factory workers (6.2 hours)
* Nurses (6.3 hours)
* Engineers (6.3 hours)
* Doctors (6.4 hours)
* Civil servants (6.4 hours)

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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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