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Friday, July 24, 2015

Red Tape Interrupts - Interruption Management

 At 20 large U.S. banks, the cost of complying with U.S. laws and regulations grew far faster than profit growth, an industry survey found.

Given this reality, each of us needs to build greater "administration" time and effort into our plans. Society inherently grows more complex and disrupts our productivity all the time. Our challenge is to harness that complexity and convert it to a competitive advantage.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Disruptive and Harmful: Loud Noise - Interruption Management

The health effects of sound could, literally, echo through our bodies. A study in the Journal of Occupational Health took nighttime readings on workers who were exposed to loud sounds during the day. The workers' sleep quality was poor, their nighttime heart rates never dropped as low as those of people not exposed to noise, and their cortisol levels were still elevated the following morning.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Human Evolution, Interrupted - Interruption Management

Here are excerpts from James Gardner's review of: The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, by Ray Kurzweil, published by the Viking Press:

             1) On the fusion of human and machine intelligence: In the post-Singularity era, techno-futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts, there will be no distinction between human beings and their technologies. As we merge with our machines, we will become something more than merely human.

             2) The Borg-like hybrid entity that is our evolutionary destiny will, in Kurzweil's words, "match and then vastly exceed the refinement and suppleness of what we regard as the best of human traits." From the "perspective of un-enhanced biological humanity" this future state of affairs "will appear to rupture the fabric of human history."

            3) The only thing that will remain unequivocally human in such a world will be what Kurzweil regards as the defining trait of our humanity: the instinct to "extend [humankind's] physical and mental reach beyond current limitations."



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Monday, July 06, 2015

More Email, Lower IQ - Interruption Management

“Workers distracted by phone calls, e-mails, and text messages suffer a greater loss of IQ than a person smoking marijuana, a 2005 British study suggested. The constant interruptions reduce productivity and leave people feeling tired and lethargic, according to a survey carried out by TNS Research and commissioned by Hewlett Packard.” The survey of 1,100 Britons showed:

* A majority of three people check their electronic messages out of office hours and when on holiday

* Half of all workers respond to an e-mail within 60 minutes of receiving one

* One in five will break off from a business or social engagement to respond to a message.

* Nine out of 10 people thought colleagues who answered messages during face-to-face meetings were rude, while three out of 10 believed it was not only acceptable, but a sign of diligence and efficiency.

“The mental impact of trying to balance a steady inflow of messages while getting on with normal work took its toll, the UK's Press Association reported. In 80 clinical trials, Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at King's College London University, monitored the IQ of workers throughout the day. He found the IQ of those who tried to juggle messages and work fell by 10 points -- the equivalent to missing a whole night's sleep and more than double the 4-point fall seen after smoking marijuana.”

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Interruptions in Health Care! - Interruption Management

In an article titled 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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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Be Interrupted Less, Achieve More - 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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Friday, June 19, 2015

Enhanced TVs, Less Exercise - Interruption Management

TVs in 2016 will get brighter, thinner, and more social.

Do we need this? With an already an obese, often mentally unhealthy populace, will whiz bang TVs do anything about that?

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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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