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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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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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