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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Notes from: The Attention Economy - Interruption Management

Here are some revealing notes from The Attention Economy by Thomas Davenport and John Beck, published by the Harvard Business School Press in 2001:

    * The new imperative for business success is managing attention. Internet traffic doubles every 100 days. Nearly 200 messages flood managers’ desktops daily. Welcome to the attention economy in which the new scarce resource isn’t ideas or even talent, but attention itself. Businesses are headed for disaster unless they can over-come the dangerously high attention deficits that threaten to cripple today’s workplace.

    * In the present economy, capital, labor, information, and knowledge are all in plentiful supply.  It is easy to start a business, get access to customers and markets, develop a strategy, develop a web site, and design advertisements. What is in critical short supply is human attention.

    * Vast amounts of information are available at one’s fingertips, but no one will be informed by it, learn from it, or act upon it unless they have pre-attention to devote to the information.

    * Attention is the real currency of business and individuals. It has many of the same attributes as money. Those who don’t have it want it. Those who have it want it even more. You can trade it, you can purchase it, and people work to preserve and extend what they already have. This is why caller ID devices and email-filtering software are so popular.  People want to screen out that which diverts their attention.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Information Overload Unbounded - Interruption Management

Information overload abounds in our society. In a typical year:

* 1,100+ new magazines are launched.

* 720,000+ network and cablecast programs are broadcast.

* 650+ films are produced.

* The Smithsonian Institution adds 1,000,000+ items to its collection.

Is it any wonder that you are experiencing information overload, which results in wasted time, poor decision-making, and stress?

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tempted by the New - Interruption Management

Here is a guest post from by Karel Murray, CSP, on the importance of not becoming distracted by the "latest and greatest," cleverly using observations about marriage:

An acquaintance of mine shrieked in amazement when I told them that Rick and I celebrated 37 years of marriage in March. Her complete bafflement as to how anyone could stay together that long and still like each other floored me. Being with the same person for that long feels as natural as breathing to me, but she assured me that we must be doing something right for us to last this long.

That started me thinking about our marriage and the institution of marriage in general. According to 50% of all marriages in America will end in divorce: the greatest percentage occurring under the age of 30.

Personally, I believe that Americans are in love with the idea of being in love. Consider the romantic movies and the success of shows like the Twilight series where love conquers all, even the tendency to have someone for lunch…literally. Then think about those comedies that highlight the realities of actually living with the same person – while futility settles in and the romantic glow fades, there emerges a desire to resume the search to recapture that “feeling” with someone new.

It’s hard to compete with boring! It’s like that new car smell… we love clambering into the newest model car and breathing deep with a satisfied smile on our face. But after about four months, the smell recedes and all we have is the car we are making monthly payments on.

The glamour of ownership fades…especially if the model you purchased doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the new ones being advertised everywhere. In our minds, the vehicle becomes less desirable, even though technically it was everything we could have wanted when we purchased it.

I’m distressed by this “shiny new object” thinking because it really makes it difficult to just be you with someone and be accepted the way you are and always have been.
says Jeff: So, too, with not letting yourself be buffeted by all that competes for your time and attention. Let most of it go... 

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Fewer Interruptions, Greater Productivity - Interruption Management

Have you noticed that your productivity is down because you're constantly checking email? If so, consider using a spare computer or laptop that is not connected to the Web. For certain types of tasks, your productivity will be amazing.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Dont Be Distracted by the Infoglut - Interruption Management

Each day, at a minimum:

     * The Library of Congress catalogues at least 7,000 new items.

     * A minimum of  2000 books are published world wide.

     * 2,000+ new websites go online.

..and these numbers likely will accelerate for evermore. Do not let extraneous information interrupt your work, your leisure, or any other part of your life.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Out Technology is Reprogramming Us! - Interruption Management

An article in the Boston Globe contends that you can’t stop checking your phone. To fight such activities as texting and driving means confronting a bigger problem: that our technology is reprogramming us!

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Wireless Airwaves are Full - Interruption Management

One of many indicators of why we're interrupted so often: as reported by, "The U.S. mobile phone industry is running out of the airwaves necessary to provide voice, text and Internet services to its customers."

This spectrum crunch "threatens to increase the number of dropped calls, slow down data speeds and raise customers' prices. It will also whittle down the nation's number of wireless carriers and create a deeper financial divide between those companies that have capacity and those that don't."

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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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