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Music: The Great Distraction?
June 1, 2012 – 4:47 pm | One Comment
Music: The Great Distraction?

Recently, I noticed more and more knowledge workers wearing headsets while at their desks. Not just earbuds, but noise-cancelling headsets, the kind you’d expect to see on an airplane (indeed, Bose invented the noise-cancelling headset …

Information Overload: Do As I Say, Not As I Do?
May 11, 2012 – 5:29 pm | One Comment
Information Overload: Do As I Say, Not As I Do?

“I don’t really spend that much time on e-mail…” “E-mail sometimes overwhelms my day.”
These two perspectives sound as if they represent two polar extremes in the knowledge workforce, but they actually are coming from the …

Big Data, Big Problems, The Next Big Thing?
May 4, 2012 – 3:48 pm | No Comment
Big Data, Big Problems, The Next Big Thing?

Slowly but surely, the corporate world is beginning to realize that the amount of information and data it generates is digging the enterprise into a hole.
It’s no surprise that the buzzword for 2012 is “Big …

Information Overload – Is there a silver bullet?
April 27, 2012 – 5:13 pm | 2 Comments
Information Overload – Is there a silver bullet?

There is really one key driver of all of the costs of Information Overload and that’s the phenomenon I discovered early on in my research and which I named Recovery Time.
Recovery Time is the time …

Getting Wise: How is Wisdom Really Acquired?
April 20, 2012 – 3:19 pm | One Comment
Getting Wise: How is Wisdom Really Acquired?

In my book Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous To Your Organization, I wrote that the three trickiest words in the English language may very well be “information,” “knowledge,” and “wisdom.”
To say that their …

Is Getting More Free Time As Easy as Withdrawing Money from an Automated Teller Machine?
April 12, 2012 – 11:58 pm | No Comment
Is Getting More Free Time As Easy as Withdrawing Money from an Automated Teller Machine?

As part of a publicity stunt for its 4G LTE Windows Phones, Microsoft set up Free-Time Machines (FTMs) across the country.
What exactly is an FTM, I hear you all cry?
Similar to ATMs, the FTMs essentially …

Is Information Hoarding A Form of Overload?
April 6, 2012 – 3:01 pm | No Comment
Is Information Hoarding A Form of Overload?

On March 27, The Wall Street Journal published a piece on digital hoarding in an attempt to extend the term from clothing, papers, books, and other objects to digital files and associated it with the …

Why We Can’t (and Won’t) Disconnect
March 30, 2012 – 3:42 pm | No Comment
Why We Can’t (and Won’t) Disconnect

This past weekend, I unplugged. It turns out that I did this on the National Day of Unplugging but that was purely coincidental.
Over the past few years, I’ve given much thought to the reasons why …

E-mail Marketer: Meet Information Overload
March 14, 2012 – 3:37 pm | No Comment
E-mail Marketer: Meet Information Overload

Have you heard from your favorite retailer recently? If so, it’s probably been via e-mail and you probably didn’t open most of them.
According to research by Responsys, a company that provides marketing tools, the top …

Beep. Beep. Beep.
March 1, 2012 – 4:54 pm | No Comment
Beep. Beep. Beep.

When I look around, I see temptation. Information. It’s like crack. You get a little information and you immediately want more.
Three beeps indicate a text message. My friends and colleagues who want my attention send …