Reducing Information Pollution

5 Tips for Bringing More Mindfulness to Your Work

Source: Globoforce blog
Author: Jacqueline Carter
Date: 01/18/2018
Excerpt: The root cause of stress and work-related exhaustion does not come from what is happening in our external environment, but how we respond to it from our internal landscape; more specifically – from how our mind reacts to what we are experiencing and the extent to which we are able to effectively manage our mind, or not.
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Are People Who Don’t Use Facebook More Productive?

Source: NextGov web site
Author: Sarah Kessler
Date: 04/16/2018
Excerpt: “I don’t think having or not having a Facebook (or any other social media) account has anything to do with how productive someone is. You can shut down one source of distractions, but if the fundamental aversion to your work that is driving you to distraction is still in place, you’ll find something else."

How info-starved were our ancestors?

Source: Nathan Zeldes's blog
Author: Nathan Zeldes
Date: 02/14/2010
Excerpt: “A weekday issue of the New York Times contains more information than the average person was likely to come across in an entire lifetime in the seventeenth century.” Variants of this statement (give or take a couple of centuries) are commonly seen when reading about Information Overload. Of course I agree that there’s more information available today than back in centuries past, but this particular statement always seemed suspicious to me. Is it true? And what if it is?
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Information Overload Is Crushing You. Here are 11 Secrets That Will Help.

Source: Workzone
Author: Andrew McDermott
Date: 10/30/2017
Excerpt: Very noteworthy article from Andrew McDermott regarding ways to overcome overload. Great suggestions and guidance that can really make a difference.
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Collaborative Overload

During the 1990’s, organizations shifted from a functional-centric structure to a business process-centric structure. After completing difficult change management actions, benefits were harvested, e.g., reduced cycle time, decreased rework and improved customer satisfaction. Information overload can occur from individual actions during and outside of work as well as team activities. The cited references describe some root causes of collaboration overload and suggests remedies. The benefits from a business process-centric structure can be reduced by collaboration overload. It’s worth reading these materials to achieve your expectations from collaboration benefits. Marty B #IORGforum

Source: stand alone
Author: Rob Cross
Date: 07/01/2016
Excerpt: Rob Cross offers a good description of collaborative overload (ref link included) and a diagnostic test [ Also see Harvard Business Review; Jan-Feb 2016 and for ways to reduce collaborative overload
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The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can’t Do

Source: Amazon
Author: Edward Tenner
Date: April 17, 2018
Excerpt: Embedded algorithms processing big data are proposed to reduce human information processing demands. Edward Tenner in his book The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can't Do [Alfred a Knopf, 2018] proposes that the efficiency from embedded Big Data Analytics can be counterproductive, e.g., missed opportunities, adopting new approaches, less intuitive thinking. He provides a persuasive rationale for his position including many valuable examples. Tenner recommends that a selective combination of embedded algorithms and human intuition will improve judgments, learning and decision-making.
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Storynomics: Story-Driven Marketing in the Post-Advertising World

McKee’s website is: Decades ago, I (others also?) proposed that Information was defined as more than “data relevant to the task,” but also an effective representation or format to understand and communicate the information effectively. Stories provide an extremely effective frame for delivering information content. A number of software modeling applications, e.g., Tableau and IBM WATSON Analytics have built-in capability for creating storyboards. These are elements that are more than a PPT deck–a set of slides integrated by a common storyline having a captivating beginning, followed by valuable content, and often concluded with some “call to action.” If you have not tried storyboarding to reduce the mental processing effort by your audience, jump onto the storytelling bandwagon.

Source: Amazon
Author: Robert McKee & Thomas Gerace
Date: March 20, 2018
Excerpt: Our mental effort or workload is reduced when a set of information items or chunks are delivered as a story. Indeed our ability to recall the content also is improved. A new book Storynomics: Story-Driven Marketing in the Post-Advertising World by respected storyteller Robert McKee & Thomas Gerace (; Hatchett Book Group; March 2018) provides a field-tested approach to creating effective stories.
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On Analog Social Media

Excellent article on the benefits of Social Media detox by Prof Cal Newport. Highly recommended read (and advice)!

Source: Study Hacks blog
Author: Prof. Cal Newport
Date: 03/28/2018
Excerpt: Since January, I’ve been reading through the hundreds of reports that participants sent me about their experience with the digital declutter. I’ve been learning a lot from these case studies, but I want to focus here on one observation in particular that caught my attention: when freed from standard digital distractions, participants often overhauled their free time in massively positive ways.
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Vint Cerf on the prospect of a “digital dark age”

Source: CBSN
Author: Vinton Cerf
Date: 03/20/2018
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The Black Hole of Email

Source: Nathan Zeldes web site
Author: Nathan Zeldes
Date: 03/15/2018
Excerpt: One major issue is that everybody uses email, and email creates multiple “black holes” – isolated, locked repositories that email disappears into, never to be seen again, forever outside the reach of people who need it.
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Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives

Source: Amazon
Author: Prof. David M. Levy
Date: 01/12/2016
Excerpt: David M. Levy, who has lived his life between the “fast world” of high tech and the “slow world” of contemplation, offers a welcome guide to being more relaxed, attentive, and emotionally balanced, and more effective, while online. In a series of exercises carefully designed to help readers observe and reflect on their own use, Levy has readers watch themselves closely while emailing and while multitasking, and also to experiment with unplugging for a specified period. Never prescriptive, the book opens up new avenues for self-inquiry and will allow readers—in the workplace, in the classroom, and in the privacy of their homes—to make meaningful and powerful changes.
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