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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Distractions and Decision-making - Interruption Management

Valerie Iancovich, writing for the Discovery Channel in Canada says “It's not shocking news that a bikini-clad woman will affect many men's judgment. But now, a recent study suggests that a man with high testosterone levels is more easily-influenced by a scantly-clad lady than guys with lower levels of the hormone.”

“Once the men with high testosterone were exposed to the photos of the women, they were more willing to settle for a poorer deal. As a matter of fact, just touching a bra prior to playing the game seemed to squander the resolve of the testosterone-heavy men.”

So, macho guys, be careful what type of information (photos, graphics) you’re exposed to. It might contort your decision-making capacity.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The More Tasks, the 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, January 03, 2018

2018: Derive the Best from Yourself - Interruption Management

Author, songwriter, and comedian Steve Allen was among the most prolific talent in broadcasting history. He wrote more than 9,000 songs, including "This Could Be the Start of Something Big," which is still often played at New Year's Eve galas. Not bad for someone who played by ear. He wrote TV scripts, gags, jokes. He also managed to write 50 books: first mysteries; then on show business; then self-help topics like presenting, speaking, and humor; and then later on social issues before passing away early this century.

Like many others in TV, Allen's career began in radio where, as a young DJ, he once announced a Harvard vs. William & Mary football score as "Harvard 14, William 10, Mary 7." His interests extended beyond show business as well. A tireless advocate, Allen was instrumental in the airlines' smoking ban.

I met Steve Allen in the 1990s at the American Bookseller's Convention in Los Angeles. It was rumored that he never traveled without a pocket tape recorder and when I asked him if this was true, he took out his pocket tape recorder and showed me. Allen once explained that although he was thought of as extraordinarily productive, he figured he owed his high output to "Not letting good ideas get away."

He recalled that even back in the 1950s, when tape recorders were bulky and expensive, he had one in each room of his house, even the bathroom.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Self-Induced Distractions - Interruption Management

Years ago Johns Hopkins University researchers concluded that using a cellphone -- even with a hands-free device -- will distract drivers because the brain cannot easily handle both tasks. The brain directs its resources to either visual input or auditory input, but cannot fully activate both at the same time. Despite these findings, in 2012 MORE people are multi-tasking WHILE they drive.

"Our research helps explain why talking on a cell phone can impair driving performance, even when the driver is using a hands-free device," said research leader Steven Yantis, Ph.D.

"Directing attention to listening effectively 'turns down the volume' on input to the visual parts of the brain," he noted. "When attention is deployed to one modality -- say, in this case, talking on a cell phone -- it necessarily extracts a cost on another modality -- in this case, the visual task of driving.”
How, exactly, can MORE people today be multi-tasking WHILE they drive? This is madness, pure and simple. Do you want to be on the road when such people are driving by? Do you want your children to be?

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Don't Let People Multi-task on Yyou - Interruption Management

A nice article titled "Don’t Speak 'Til You See the Whites of Their Eyes" by Joanne Cantor, Ph.D., writing in Psychology Today observes, "People are busy, so they want to get started with the next customer while they're finishing up with the last one. I've blogged previously about the overwhelming evidence that your brain can't multitask its attention, and that when it tries, both tasks suffer. Each task takes longer to complete, and what is done is more likely to contain errors and is less memorable."

Cantor suggests, and I heartily concur, that you do not let people multi-task on you. She correctly states that there is "overwhelming evidence that your brain can't multitask its attention, and that when it tries, both tasks suffer. Each task takes longer to complete, and what is done is more likely to contain errors and is less memorable." Wise words for us all.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Harmful and Disruptive: 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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Monday, December 04, 2017

Temptations and Interruptions - Interruption Management

More than 50 million American workers may be fooling around on the jobs most of their day. They use company time to play on the computer, search for new jobs, and communicate with friends. Apparently  having too many information and communication sources at one’s fingertips is too great a temptation.

Safeguard your work environment so that you can be at your best more of the time.

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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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