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Sunday, March 19, 2017

What is Information? - Interruption Management

Information is a message received and understood.

Information is a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn.

Information is statistical data.

Information is knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction.

“Information is that which reduces uncertainty.” Claude Shannon

Information must be something or about something, although the exact nature – substance, energy, or abstract concept – isn't clear.

Information is not a repetition of previously received message.


“Information is that which changes us.” Gregory Bateson

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Working Well Despite Interruptions - Interruption Management

According to Technostress co-authors Larry Rosen, Ph.D and Michelle Weil, Ph.D. when working in a potentially interruption-laden environment, ask yourself three questions:

1. Do I really need to know?

2. Do I really want to know now?

3. Do I really want the interruption that might occur once I know?


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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Yes, Clutter Distracts - Interruption Management

Information is stored in spaces -- tables, shelves, desks, disks, hard drives, mobile devices, web sites, etc. and you control the spaces in your life.

Clutter is distracting. If your desk is a mess right now, strewn high with piles that are growing higher, remember you're the one who controls that space, as well as your filing cabinet, your shelves, the top of your dining room table, your kitchen counter, your glove compartment, or your back seat.

You are the one controlling your space, and this acknowledgment will help you to stay focused on the task at hand.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

To Manage the Beforehand - Interruption Management

During the closing days of my senior year of high school, I rounded up some of the items on the bulletin boards that I thought would make great mementos. I had a roster of all the letter winners who were invited to the awards dinner last week. I also had the daily absentee list of the senior class, several of the school's monthly news letters, and various other announcements and memos. Over the years, moving from Connecticut to Washington, DC to North Carolina, these items remained in a folder of other school items such as report cards, progress reports, and college acceptance letters.

For many reasons, my high school class did not have a five or ten of fifteen year reunion. They had one eighteen year reunion which I heard about afterwards and then another at thirty which, thankfully, I did learn about in time to attend.

In preparation for attending the thirtieth reunion, I carefully copied all my artifacts from my high school days, left the copies at home, and brought the originals with me. When I dispensed them to the class secretary and other officers, it blew them away. They made announcements during the evening of the artifacts I had so carefully preserved over the last thirty years. One of my friends, Greg, thought I was nuts.

Actually, what I had been doing was practicing the art of managing the beforehand, long before I even had defined it. It just occurred to me that someday what represented every day kinds of documents in in high school would be highly noteworthy 30 years later.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Interrupted by Fake News? - Interruption Management

Before you believe or relay to others potentially bogus information, check out the story on your own:

www.urbanlegends.about.com

www.thesmokinggun.com

www.quackwatch.org

www.straightdope.com


www.truthorfiction.com

www.museumofhoaxes.com

www.skeptic.com

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Sleep, Interrupted, is no Fun - Interruption Management

Go to bed when you're tired, not when you think you ought to. Let your body talk to you. It'll tell you when it's tired. The problem you've had in the past is that you have ignored the messages.

Once a week, get to bed by 9:00 p.m. Your body will thank you. Let yourself sleep for nine, ten hours, whatever it takes. Allow yourself at least one weeknight in which getting sleep is your only objective.


If you're kept awake by your spouse's snoring, or you're the one snoring, you need help. Get a snore control device like those available from airline shopper magazines. A small device attaches to your wrist, and whenever you’re snoring above a certain decibel, a gentle vibration breaks the pattern and helps you return to quiet sleep.

Moderate exercise a couple hours before retiring aids in getting sound sleep. If you are too active too close to retiring, you may take longer to relax enough to doze off.

Moderate intake of proteins, such as a glass of milk, also helps you sleep soundly.

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Sunday, February 05, 2017

Concentrate Despite the Clutter - Interruption Management

Years ago, I attended Sam Horn's session on concentration -- still great advice to this day in the face of too many potential interruptions!

* Concentration defined: voluntarily focused attention.
* Discipline of ignoring irrelevant matters
* Fixing ones' powers, efforts and attention
* Most people work best under a deadline; when their concentration is focused.
* Fatigue is a big road block to concentration

This last note is telling!:
* Society is moving towards a lower frustration tolerance with less discipline, and more need for immediate gratification. These are detriments to concentration.

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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?

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