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Is Having All of This Information Worth It?
December 26, 2011 – 12:10 am | No Comment
Is Having All of This Information Worth It?

As the former CIO of a Fortune 500 company, I shudder to look at the world of information since my retirement over 10 years ago.  The amount of information that is available to the typical …

Shutting Off E-mail? Think again!
December 8, 2011 – 12:22 am | No Comment
Shutting Off E-mail?  Think again!

I came to Overload book site after reading Jonathan Spira’s comments on Atos’s plan to turn off its e-mail system and I wanted to add my thoughts on e-mail today.
Over the course of one week, …

Internet distractions affect quality of copy editor’s work
October 11, 2011 – 6:15 pm | No Comment
Internet distractions affect quality of copy editor’s work

Until recently, I was editor-in-chief of a print magazine, Web site and newsletter, and as such, in charge of hiring copy editors. A few months ago, while hiring a new copy editor, I gave all …

An absence of connectivity
September 16, 2011 – 7:28 pm | No Comment
An absence of connectivity

I recently returned from a two week trip to Central America, where my Internet access was limited at best.  From the minute I planned the trip, I had decided to not bring my smartphone (a …

What did I miss…
July 19, 2011 – 10:00 pm | No Comment
What did I miss…

What do I miss throughout the day?  To tell you the truth, I couldn’t begin to tell you. As an executive at a pharma company,  I’m bombarded by e-mails and instant messages all day.  Since …

High Definition Attention
June 27, 2011 – 2:05 pm | No Comment
High Definition Attention

Imagine yourself with a group of friends or family, gathered in a circle around a campfire. Maybe you have a canvas back chair, or maybe you’re sitting on a log or even the ground. As …

Waiting for a plane-ride is not a sustainable solution
June 14, 2011 – 2:48 am | No Comment
Waiting for a plane-ride is not a sustainable solution

I’ve just spent 60 minutes (in a row!) drafting a critically important workflow for the billing system of our product, AwayFind. If I weren’t on a flight just now, would I have given myself …

My Time For Thought And Reflection
June 10, 2011 – 5:28 pm | No Comment
My Time For Thought And Reflection

I’m an executive at a human resources consulting firm and, just as the author of Overload! writes, there is very little time for thought and reflection left in the day (I think he references a …

Reply To All Strikes Again…
May 31, 2011 – 2:24 pm | No Comment
Reply To All Strikes Again…

I was at a conference sitting at a table full of ICE agents who were all unable to access e-mail on their Blackberries because someone had sent out one of those useless group messages. Then …

Information Addiction is Hard to Kick
May 19, 2011 – 7:56 pm | No Comment
Information Addiction is Hard to Kick

It was not until I turned everything back on that I realized how big a problem I had. A few years ago I found myself struggling to make time to prepare some end-of-year performance reviews. …