Reducing Information Pollution

Information Overload Day 2018 to be held October 23, 2018

SAVE THE DATE !

Our annual “Information Overload Day” will be held  on October 23, 2018.

The focus topics for this year’s events are neuroscience, addiction and information overload.

We are still finalizing details and agenda, and will be publishing more information shortly.

If you wish to give a talk or recommend some one, please send a brief description to Nathan Zeldes president@iorgforum.org.

We look forward to your suggestions.

Nathan Zeldes, President IORG

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Excerpt: SAVE THE DATE ! Our annual “Information Overload Day” will be held  on October 23, 2018. The focus topics for this year’s events are neuroscience, addiction and information overload. We are still finalizing details and agenda, and will be publishing more information shortly. If you wish to give a talk or recommend some one, please [...]

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The Black Hole of Email

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.

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

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.

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, [...]
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Can Anything be Done about Students Multitasking?

The amount of multitasking students do during class and while studying is alarming.

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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 [...]
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Singletasking by Devora Zack (book review)

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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.

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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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, [...]
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Is multitasking bad for your productivity?

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And what happens when your senses are overactive – when you are checking your inbox, a whatsapp message, an SMS, the latest beer commercial, the number of “likes” on your clever status message? You end up being, what is colloquially called, a Multitasker – one who does many things at once.

Source: Careerizma web site
Author: Rakhi Acharyya
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Excerpt: You can hardly be alone, in this modern age. Bombarded with gadgets that fit your palm to the huge screens that have replaced walls, you cannot escape the captivating attraction of being connected, entertained, stimulated and engaged all at the same time! And what happens when your senses are overactive – when you are checking [...]
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How to beat email overload in 2018

It’s easy to spend a large portion of your working day just trying to make a dent in your email backlog, to the detriment of other, often more pressing, priorities. With the average worker spending 13 hours a week dealing with emails, businesses are potentially losing up to 28% of work time to email admin.

Here are four strategies that might help you to reduce this burden, improve productivity and streamline internal communication.

Source: CIP HR site
Author: Barry
Date: 01/16/2018
Excerpt: It’s easy to spend a large portion of your working day just trying to make a dent in your email backlog, to the detriment of other, often more pressing, priorities. With the average worker spending 13 hours a week dealing with emails, businesses are potentially losing up to 28% of work time to email admin. [...]
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Source: SaneBox blog
Author: SaneBox Team
Date: 01/10/2018
Excerpt: Let’s face it: there are many unsolved challenges in today’s business communication. But luckily, there are many ways and tools to keep it productive and organized as well. In this article, we’ve put together the most reliable approaches to avoid plunging into talkative chaos at work.
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Information Overload Exhausting Americans

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Source: US News web site
Author: Sintia Radu
Date: 01/30/2018
Excerpt: Yet despite such optimistic views, trust in the media is still low (at 27 percent for newspapers according to the report) and new research that surveyed 19,000 American adults age 18 and older shows that people struggle with navigating through the abundance of information.
 

Productivity 2018 gut check – our employers won’t solve this problem. It’s on us.

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Source: Diginomica web site
Author: Jon Reed
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Excerpt: Overloaded inboxes can wait – it’s time for my productivity gut check for 2018. Here’s why we shouldn’t wait for our employers to seize the day, and why the digital skills gap factors in.
 

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