productivity

Read This Story Without Distraction (Can You?)

Resource Author:  Verena von Pfetten
Resource Date:  04/29/2016
Resource Name:  New York Times
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Stop what you’re doing. Well, keep reading. Just stop everything else that you’re doing.

Mute your music. Turn off your television. Put down your sandwich and ignore that text message. While you’re at it, put your phone away entirely. (Unless you’re reading this on your phone. In which case, don’t. But the other rules still apply.)

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Email Duration, Batching and Self-interruption: Patterns of Email Use on Productivity and Stress

Resource Author:  Gloria Mark, Shamsi T. Iqbal, Mary Czerwinski, Paul Johns, Akane Sano
Resource Date:  05/07/2016
Resource Name:  Proceedings of ACM CHI 2016, ACM Press
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Our findings show that some patterns of email use are associated with lower perceived productivity and higher stress. The longer daily duration spent on email, the lower the assessed productivity and the higher the stress. With high email use, people who chose when to self-interrupt to deal with email, and “Batchers”, people who cluster email use, assessed their productivity higher at the end of the day compared to those who check email triggered by email notifications, and to those who check email consistently. To our knowledge, our study is the first in situ multi-method investigation of email activity, workplace outcomes and stress. Our results lay ground for future theoretical exploration of these effects, and provide valuable practical lessons for organizations and knowledge workers.

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The big data puzzle: Making sense of unstructured data

Resource Author:  Adam Howatson
Resource Date:  04/28/2016
Resource Name:  It Pro Portal
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Never before has there been so much information available to businesses and individuals. In January 2015, Google estimated that there were 300 exabytes (that’s 300 followed by 18 zeros) of human-made information in the world.

In 2011, there were just 30 exabytes. In just 48 months, the amount of human-made information increased by 1000 per cent and we are now at a point whereby more information has been created in the past few years than in all of human history before.

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Rethinking the Work-Life Equation

Resource Author:  Susan Dominus
Resource Date:  02/25/2016
Resource Name:  New York Times
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Phyllis Moen, a sociologist who was widowed when her two children were young, has made a career studying the challenges of working full time while raising a family. She was an early voice calling for the government to provide paid maternity leave and offer benefits for part-time workers, but eventually, when she saw no signs of progress, she began considering instead the ways that corporations could reconfigure work to address the realities of the modern employee, who was more likely than ever to be a single parent or part of a dual-income couple.

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Delvv digs to lighten mobile info overload

Resource Author:  Alicia Castro
Resource Date:  10/07/2015
Resource Name:  Los Altos Town Crier
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Love it or hate it, most choose to keep it at hand. The smartphone has become an integral resource for receiving and processing information. U.S. adults spend nearly two full days per month using apps on their smartphones, according to Nielsen research.

Delvv Inc. – a mobile app development company newly relocated to 166 Main St. in Los Altos – seeks to streamline the input. Founded in 2013, the startup company applies machine learning and predictive analysis to address information overload on mobile devices.

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FCA urged to cut paperwork for IFAs to stop ‘information overload’

Resource Author:  Justin Cash
Resource Date:  09/25/2015
Resource Name:  Ccitywire
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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has been urged to cut the volume of disclosures required for IFAs amid concerns that consumers are facing an ‘information overload.’

In its response to the FCA’s Smarter Consumer Communications discussion paper, the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (Apfa) also welcomed the regulator’s suggestion to develop a ‘layering’ approach to rules to indicate priority, as opposed to a current regulatory environment where ‘all rules are created equal.’

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For Big-Data Scientists, ‘Janitor Work’ Is Key Hurdle to Insights

Resource Author:  Steve Lohr
Resource Date:  08/17/2014
Resource Name:  New York Times
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Technology revolutions come in measured, sometimes foot-dragging steps. The lab science and marketing enthusiasm tend to underestimate the bottlenecks to progress that must be overcome with hard work and practical engineering.

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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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Lessons on the Future of IT From ‘Future Shock’ and ‘The Singularity is Near’

Resource Author:  Bernard Golden
Resource Name:  CIO
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More than 40 years ago, Alvin Toffler unleashed the book Future Shock on the United States. In it, he used the term “information overload” to refer to the disoriented reaction experienced by people when they feel overwhelmed by constant technological churn. Summed up, his thesis is that technology is developing faster and faster — and faster than people can respond to it, leaving them anxious and befuddled.

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Information overload making your head explode?

Resource Author:  Steve Elwart
Resource Date:  01/13/2013
Resource Name:  WND Education
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If you think you are being bombarded by information now, just wait.

The term “Information overload,” sometimes called, “infobesity,” is a term that came into everyday use in the 1970s. It refers to our inability to absorb and process all the information to which we are exposed.

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