Thursday, February 23, 2017
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.
Labels: awake, bed, exercise, milk, sleep, slumber, snore, tired
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.
Labels: advise, concentration, discipline, focus, instant gratification, productivity, work
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Over-Connected, Constant Interruption - Interruption Management
An article 12 years ago today in USA Today
said it all: “Personal computers, cellphones, and high-speed Internet are considered essential to getting by for millions of Americans who are showing early signs of addiction to the next wave of high-tech toys…”
The article went on to say that “many people… consider high-tech gadgetry essential to modern life,” and quoted psychologist Bob Greenfield who observed, "Part of the reason is the hype, the commercial selling of it. Some people feel the products will improve the quality of their lives. But do we really need to be connected in every way, shape or form?"
Labels: addiction, article, connection, interruption, modern life, quality of life, stress, technology, USA Today
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Seek Understanding - Interruption Management
Lists of information management tips can leave me cold. The notion that merely following some set of guidelines without understanding the magnitude of the situation relegates any such list, however important, to the status of a temporary fix that will soon lose potency.
Understanding the "why" has an impact for those who are willing to make significant and lasting headway on the issue.
Virtually every career professional has read at least one time management book and many articles, and all have encountered time management tips in list form and virtually everyone remains continually pressed for time
. So, is the solution to retrieve one's list and apply it more diligently? Or would a more sound approach be to understand the pervasive nature of time pressure in our society, to take a big picture look at one's life and career, and begin to creatively address situations? I would opt for the latter every time!
While we all like lists, in five to seven days, most people will not even be able to *find* whatever list you give them, however valuable they regarded it at one time. It is better to strive to attain understanding of the issue than it is to add yet another list to the one's personal "collection."
The best of both worlds might be to strive for understanding, then apply some guidelines from a list.
Those who insist on a list (really a magic wand), in a few weeks hence, will be right back doing exactly what they've been doing, whereas those who tried to gain understanding will have the potential to achieve professional and personal breakthroughs!
Labels: advice, complexity, comprehension, guidelines, information management, lists, understanding
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Password Data as Needed - Interruption Management
If something happens to you tomorrow, would any family member or trusted friend be able to navigate your computer system, have login and password information, and help manage your accounts, or would there be a major interruption in your ability to transfer this information and wealth?
Labels: continuity, emergency, finances, login, mental illness, security, wealth
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Daily Distractions - Interruption Management
Vast segments of the population have turned to online exhibitionism. Writing in the Washington Post
, economist Robert J. Samuelson observed this six years ago, and the situation has gotten worse today. “It turns out that the Internet has unleashed the greatest outburst of mass exhibitionism
in human history.”
“People seem to crave popularity or celebrity more than they fear the loss of privacy.” However, “what goes on the Internet often stays on the Internet."
Of particular concern: Something that seems harmless, silly, or merely impetuous today might seem offensive, stupid or reckless in two weeks, two years, or two decades,” said Samuelson. “Henry David Thoreau famously remarked that ‘the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ Thanks to technology, that's no longer necessary. People can now lead lives of noisy and ostentatious desperation...”
Labels: American culture, communication, exhibitionism, Facebook, foolishness, internet, MySpace, noise, notoriety, Samuelson, YouTube