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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Being Concise - Interruption Management

Here’s a good article by Dr. Donald Wetmore on the importance of being concise in our communications. In a nutshell, appropriate “concision” benefits all parties!

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Big Picture View - Interruption Management

What has happened to our ability to see the big picture of our careers and our lives? I was focusing a project the other day and getting nowhere. It dawned on me to take a step back and look at the broader context. As I did so, I was reminded of Bob Wendover's new book, Figure It Out: Making Smart Decisions in a Dumbed-Down World.

Bob argues that looking at the "big picture" is the key to making crucial decisions. I believe he's right. If you don't take time to understand the factors and personalities impacting the problem, it's easy to make the wrong move and suffer the consequences. When was the last time you did that? Go to for a copy and he'll send along some great premiums as well.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Uh-Oh... Multi-tasking = Interruption - Interruption Management

Jordan Grafman, chief of the cognitive neuroscience section of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, years back was quoted in Time Magazine and said:

      "Decades of research, not to mention common sense, indicate that the quality of one's output and depth of thought deteriorate as one attends to ever more tasks.”

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Thursday, June 02, 2016

No End to Interruptions and Dis-connection - Interruption Management

Interruption without end: "The way in which people frantically communicate online via Twitter, Facebook and instant messaging can be seen as a form of modern madness, according to a leading American sociologist.”

MIT professor Sherry Turkle: "technology is threatening to dominate our lives and make us less human. Under the illusion of allowing us to communicate better, it is actually isolating us from real human interactions in a cyber-reality that is a poor imitation of the real world."

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Your IQ with Interruptions - Interruption Management

From an article in New Scientist magazine, April, 30 2005:

The next time your boss complains you are not focused enough, blame it on email and phone calls. Even smoking dope has less effect on your ability to concentrate on the task in hand.

At least that's what Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist King's College London, found when he and his team asked 80 volunteers to carry out problem-solving tasks, first in a quiet environment and then while being bombarded with emails and phone calls.

Despite being told to ignore the interruptions, the average IQ of the volunteers dropped by about 10 points. Not everyone was equally affected - men were twice as distracted as women. Studies have also shown that IQs of people high on pot drop by only 5 points.

"If left unchecked, 'infomania' will damage a worker's performance by reducing their mental sharpness," says Wilson. "This is a very real and widespread phenomenon." Information overload can reduce a person's ability to focus as much as losing a night's sleep can, he adds.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Handle One Thing at a Time - Interruption Management

People are forever asking me how to handle the array of of items and tasks confronting them. If you have six priority items competing for your time and attention, rank them #1 to #6. Then, tackle #1 all the way to completion, or as far as you can take it. Perhaps you have to give it to somebody else; maybe someone has to approve it or sign off on it. This should not hinder you from beginning #2.

Give each task your complete time and attention. Continue until you are finished. No method for handling six assignments is faster than the one that was just described. That is how you focus on the task at hand.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Remain Focused and Win - Interruption Management

When you're besieged by information on a continual basis, you begin to feel overwhelmed, which leads to the feeling of over-work and stress, and decreased concentration.

When you eliminate a lot of the extraneous information and distractions that make their way to you, you will not feel as over-worked or overwhelmed. Get off mailing lists, drop most subscriptions, and avoid extraneous information whenever you can.

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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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