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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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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Can Anything be Done about Students Multitasking?

Source: The Teaching Professor Blog
Author: Maryellen Weimer, PhD
Date: 01/31/2018
Excerpt: The amount of multitasking students do during class and while studying is alarming. Consistently, in response to surveys, more than 85% of students say they have their phones on in class, are looking at texts as they come in and during class, and between 70 and 90% say they respond to texts in class. And this is happening in courses with policies that prohibit or significantly curtail the use of electronic devices.
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Singletasking by Devora Zack (book review)

Source: Nugget web site
Author: Nugget team
Date: 01/17/2018
Excerpt: The message of this book is quite simple: multitasking doesn’t work. The fact that you’re doing it and you’re still successful doesn’t mean the opposite. It probably means that you don’t have enough time to do anything else. And that you’ll finish twice as more if you start to singletask.
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