by Caroline Petvin
Dec 4, 2013
Habits require little thought or planning because we’ve done them repetitively over a period of time and have become second nature. Simple domestic habits might include making a cup of coffee, opening or closing curtains, taking a shower, or brushing teeth. Only when we think about it do we know that we have performed these actions; but at the time we were probably on auto-pilot, paying little attention to what we were doing.
Habits are essential for productivity for that very reason. Activities that have become habits require little in the way of planning or mental energy. We don’t have to think about the possible ways of accomplishing tasks that have become habits, nor do we need to analyse the potential outcomes. We don’t have to learn tasks each and every time we tackle them. We just complete them the way we always have, giving us more time to get on with other things and leaving our brains to function more freely. Habits make scheduling and planning easier as we can build our days around established rituals.
by Caroline Petvin
Nov 13, 2013
It’s time for the next part in our series on strategies for coping with information overload, and this week we’ll be taking a look at ‘shifting’. Defined as ‘changing one’s perception of situation by accepting it as part of the job,’ shifting means accepting that the world we live in is fast-paced and data-rich, and that information overload is a fact of life.
Whatever industry you work in, and whatever your position is, you will have to cope with information overload. Employers expect us to perform a variety of tasks at lightning speed and to deal with whatever is thrown our way. Failure to keep up in the workplace can have serious consequences.
by Rachel Adnyana
Nov 6, 2013
You've probably heard the phrases "you are what you eat" and "healthy mind, healthy body," yet when it comes to being more productive at work, we're more likely to look at external factors, like how we plan and organise our work, rather than internal ones, like how we're fueling our body.
In fact, diet, along with exercise and sleep, is one of the most important factors when it comes to getting the most out of yourself. Like a sports car, if you want to achieve optimal performance, you need to put in the right fuel. If your brain is running on a diet of soda and junk food, you're never going to achieve your highest potential.
by Caroline Petvin
Oct 30, 2013
Some have a problem with saying “no.” You can recognise them easily: they work late every night, spend all their weekends helping friends and neighbours with DIY projects, and have permanent shadows beneath eyes and a face that ask‘how can I help you?’
Refusing is an important coping strategy for dealing with information overload. Learning how to say “no” to more tasks when we’re already over-stretched will help us to become more productive.
by Chris Amann
Oct 9, 2013
As of today, RSS has failed. Even though there is a dedicated population using it, RSS never reached widespread popularity. Google’s latest research indicates that only 9.5% of internet users have ever subscribed to an RSS feed. 15 years after launch, RSS is still quite far from mainstream.
Why did it fail?
As a concept, RSS makes a lot of sense. People can easily create their own newspaper, fed from their favorite blogs or news sites, not having to worry about spam (unsubscribing is easy – it’s not email).
However, RSS does not solve the main problem with respect to consuming news: information overload. Quite the opposite, many users who try out RSS complain about receiving too much content. Despite being able to pick the RSS-feeds of your choice, the content which is sent through the feeds contains a lot of irrelevant stuff. In other words, even hand-picked RSS feeds are still too broad and not tailored enough to subscribers' needs.
Techcrunch is an excellent news source for the tech-savvy; however the average number of published stories per day is 40. Would you subscribe to feeds which each send you 40 articles per day? You’d be completely overwhelmed.