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Monday, August 24, 2015

Too Much in Packaging - Interruption Management

A New York Times story, years back, titled "Product Packages Now Shout to Get Your Attention" written by Louise Story, is most revealing about the direction of information overload in society:

"In the last 100 years, Pepsi had changed the look of its can, and before that its bottles, only 10 times. This year alone, the soft-drink maker will switch designs every few weeks. Kleenex boxes used to be square or rectangular, but no more. Kleenex, after 40 years of sticking with square and rectangular boxes, has started selling tissues in oval packages."

"Coors Light bottles now have labels that turn blue when the beer is chilled to the right temperature. And Huggies' Henry the Hippo hand soap bottles have a light that flashes for 20 seconds to show children how long they should wash their hands."

"Consumer goods companies, which once saw packages largely as containers for shipping their products, are now using them more as 3-D ads to grab shoppers' attention. The shift is mostly because of the rise of the Internet and hundreds of television channels, which mean marketers can no longer count on people seeing their commercials. ...So they are using their bottles, cans, boxes and plastic packs to improve sales by attracting the eyes of consumers, who often make most of their shopping decisions at the last minute while standing in front of store shelves. "

Does this mean ever-accelerating product packaging changes and accompanying bombardment? It appears so.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Control Your Spaces - Interruption Management

When you take control of the spaces in your life, control of your time and career will follow.  Controlling your spaces requires minimizing interruptions. In my book Breathing Space, I offer some suggestions for safeguarding your working environment and minimizing interruptions:

  • Surround yourself with everything you need to engage fully in the change process, which might involve assembling resources, people, and space, as well as ensuring that you have a quiet environment free of distractions.

  • Give yourself the hours or days you need to read, study, and absorb what is occurring and to make decisions about how you’ll apply new ways of doing things and new technologies to your career, business, or organization.

  • Go “cold turkey,” which is not recommended for most people! Suspend whatever else you’re doing and engage in whatever it takes to incorporate a new way of doing things. This is enhanced by ensuring that you’ll have no disturbances, by bringing in outside experts, and by assembling any other resources you need to succeed.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

No Shelter in the Sky - Interruption Management

Even if mobile devices prove to be completely safe, making them freely available during flights is a terrible idea, infringing on the rights of OTHER passengers:

"With pilots approved to use iPads as flight manuals in their cockpits, and the FAA’s own studies finding 'no evidence saying [wireless] devices can’t interfere with a plane, and… no evidence saying that they can,' FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has asked the FAA to ease up on restrictions against wireless device use on planes.

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http://consumerist.com/2012/12/10/fcc-asks-faa-to-lighten-up-about-in-air-wireless-device-restrictions/


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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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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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