Go Ahead, Take that Break - Whitney Johnson. By Whitney Johnson | 2:57 PM July 11, 2011 Last weekend, like every weekend, I scrawled a long list of things to do on an old envelope.
But unlike most weekends, instead of tethering myself to a computer and working, I sat in my backyard alongside my 10 year-old daughter in our collapsible camping chairs, reading novels. I wish I could tell you that this was a bona fide afternoon of rest and relaxation (R&R). Not quite. In flinging aside my agenda, my workaholic self felt more than a little bit naughty.
In this same spirit of rebellion, I’ve begun docking my phone downstairs, rather than on my nightstand. And yet I’m not about to advocate a wholesale disconnect. According to current neuroscience research, after focusing intently on a project or problem, the brain needs to fully disengage and relax. When we do nothing (take a walk, a warm shower, slowly wake up), we defy the “always on” mindset, recognizing that we, like our muscles, become more productive by alternating work with rest. Make Time to Prioritize - Management Tip of the Day - March 15, 2012. The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time - Tony Schwartz. By Tony Schwartz | 8:53 AM March 14, 2012 Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work?
It’s not just the number of hours we’re working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time. What we’ve lost, above all, are stopping points, finish lines and boundaries. Technology has blurred them beyond recognition. Wherever we go, our work follows us, on our digital devices, ever insistent and intrusive. Tell the truth: Do you answer email during conference calls (and sometimes even during calls with one other person)? The biggest cost — assuming you don’t crash — is to your productivity. But most insidiously, it’s because if you’re always doing something, you’re relentlessly burning down your available reservoir of energy over the course of every day, so you have less available with every passing hour.
I know this from my own experience. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. Relief from information overload. The email Inbox just gets bigger.
The paper in-tray still stacks up dauntingly too. And that’s not to mention all the other channels: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Skype text chat, SMS messages on mobile/cell phones, and StumbleUpon to mention only some. Oh I nearly forgot Google+. And then there’s Facebook’s LinkedIn “me too”, otherwise known as Branchout. Ever feel you’re caught in the middle of a communication arms race? So what’s to do? The net effect of all this communication could be the well-known phrase “information overload,” but does that description really help us? Perhaps we need to take charge of our attention and decide where to direct our interest. Of course… We can learn various practical techniques for processing information quickly, and they’re very valuable too. There’s another way… Information flow is a manifestation of a relationship of some kind. How to take a relationship deeper to a more profound level? Too simple? In Tough Situations, Unplug and Wait - Management Tip of the Day - February 14, 2012.
February 14, 2012 When a project or meeting gets difficult, it can be tempting to power through to try to get it over with.
But it’s better to do the same you might do for a slow-moving computer: shut it off and wait a minute. Give yourself the opportunity to regain your composure. In a meeting that's going nowhere? Take a break. Adapted from "Restore Yourself to Your Factory Default Settings" by Peter Bregman.