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Information overload: There’s an app for THAT too?!

Resource Author:  Nicole Pence
Resource Date:  09/10/2015
Resource Name:  CBS
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There’s A LOT to learn when you’re becoming a parent for the first time. I’m reading books recommended by friends and scanning articles online. BUT – does anyone else feel like there is TOO MUCH information out there?!

I subscribe to the most popular websites – get my weekly emails about what’s changing and developing this week – and THEN I’m bombarded with daily emails about items I need for the boys’ nursery, safe sex positions during pregnancy (REALLY!?) and pre-term labor warning signs. It’s TOO MUCH for me.

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Email Overload is Costing you Billions – Here’s how to Crush it

Resource Author:  Jonathan Erwin
Resource Date:  05/29/2014
Resource Name:  Forbes
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When was the last time software billed as a “communication platform” actually made you more productive? If we measure productivity by the number of emails we get in our inbox every day, we’re doing great. If we measure it by the number of tweets we receive, the Facebook posts we read and the meetings we attend, wow, are we productive.

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Smartphones Overstate Their Social Intelligence

Resource Author:  Farhad Manjoo
Resource Date:  08/13/2014
Resource Name:  The New York Times
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When a smartphone app wants to alert you to a coming appointment, a text message or some bit of breaking news from your social network, it sends a tiny flare that lights up your phone’s lock screen. Depending on how you’ve set it up, the app might then buzz your pocket like a manic bee, sound a citywide panic alarm or begin playing “La Cucaracha.”

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For Workers, Less Flexible Companies

Resource Author:  Tara Siegel Bernard
Resource Date:  05/19/2014
Resource Name:  The New York Times
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He calls it one of the bright spots of his week: Before Jared Dalton, 32, starts his workday as a manager at Ernst & Young, the big accounting firm, he dresses his 5-month-old daughter, Olivia, and then places her on her tummy to play. Since he works from home on Mondays and Tuesdays, he can spend an extra hour with Olivia and an extra hour working — time that would otherwise be lost commuting into Manhattan.

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The Internet: A Welcome Distraction

Resource Author:  Marie Myung-Ok-Lee
Resource Date:  11/18/2013
Resource Name:  The New York Times
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Every time somebody says to me, “It’s so impressive how you manage to get writing done despite being on Facebook/Twitter/etc. all the time,” I cringe. I’ve been hit by a backhanded compliment. I’m surfing, tweeting and emailing — leaving my digital prints everywhere and probably picking up some nasty computer viruses — while serious writers are working pristinely, heroically beyond the clutches of the Internet. (more…)

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Spain, Land of 10 P.M. Dinners, Asks if It’s Time to Reset Clock

Resource Author:  Jim Yardley
Resource Date:  02/17/2014
Resource Name:  The New York Times
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MADRID — Dipping into a bucket filled with Mahou beers, Jorge Rodríguez and his friends hunkered down on a recent Wednesday night to watch soccer at Mesón Viña, a local bar. At a nearby table a couple were cuddling, oblivious to others, as a waitress brought out potato omelets and other dinner orders. Then the game began. At 10 p.m., which is not unusual. Even as people in some countries are preparing for bed, the Spanish evening is usually beginning at 10, with dinner often being served and prime-time television shows starting (and not ending until after 1 a.m.). Surveys show that nearly a quarter of Spain’s population is watching television between midnight and 1 a.m.

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Why Mom’s Time is Different From Dad’s Time

Resource Author:  Jenifer Senior
Resource Date:  01/24/2014
Resource Name:  The Wall Street Journal
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Several years ago, while observing a parenting group in Minnesota, I was struck by a confession one of the women made to her peers: She didn’t really care that her husband did the dishes after dinner. Sure, it was swell of him, and she had friends whose husbands did less. But what she really wanted, at that point in her day, was for her husband to volunteer to put the kids to bed. She would have been glad to sit in the kitchen on her own for a few minutes with the water running and her mind wandering. Another woman chimed in: “Totally. The dishes don’t talk back to you.”

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At These Companies, Distraction is a Health Hazard

Resource Author:  Rachel Emma Silverman
Resource Name:  The Wall Street Journal
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Companies are trying to reduce digital distraction in order to help employees stay focused, according to a story in this Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal.

Many of the efforts lift productivity; research group Basex estimated that information overload and resulting distraction led to $1 trillion in lost productivity in 2010. (The data accounted for time spent managing email and other content and the lengthy recovery time once a worker is sidetracked).

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How You Can Deploy “Quiet Time” to Increase Your Group’s Productivity

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  12/13/2012
Resource Name:  http://www.nathanzeldes.com
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Quiet Time in the information overload context is the conscious act of securing isolation from interruptions for at least hours at a time, in order to enable your mind to concentrate and excel. I’m not talking about occasional time out; this is about a structured, recurrent, pre-scheduled sequence of quiet intervals, week after week.

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Effects of Information Overload, #3: Degraded Work Processes

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  11/28/2012
Resource Name:  http://www.nathanzeldes.com
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Information overload has started to play havoc with organizational processes in the nineties, and by now we’re so used to this that we barely remember the cause as we live with effects that we simply take for granted. Below I investigate how information overload is breaking vital processes in practically all knowledge‐based organizations.

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