Posts Tagged ‘distraction’



Are Distractions Damaging Your Career?

Here’s the facts:  A University of California, Irvine study revealed that employees working in open-plan offices (cubicles or around big tables) were interrupted 63% of their time at work. Employees with offices were interrupted 49% of the time. After each interruption, it took 25 minutes for the cubicle employees and 26 minutes for the office employees to get back on track. However, typically, employees turned to 2.26 OTHER tasks before getting back to the original task from which they had been interrupted. Which means, Read the full article »

Is It Time to Close Your Facebook Account?

I was quoted recently in a CBS Moneywatch article on why someone should close their Facebook account.  It was a thought provoking article – so much so that I realized there are some very good reasons that some people should consider it.  Here’s 5 smart reasons it might be time to close your Facebook account: Read the full article »

Are You a Victim of Today’s Culture of Haste?

One of the great frustrations in organizations are leaders who’s enthusiasm to make a project happen overrides their patience. Great things take time, and it doesn’t help to push your team to the point of damaging the outcome. In government, this administration has trouble with haste. Remember Nancy Pelosi who lectured Congress to pass Obamacare, and THEN we’ll see what’s in the bill. Now, Read the full article »

Are You Comfortable With Silence?

Think about it. A few years ago I did, and I was surprised at how uncomfortable I was with silence. For instance, the first thing I did after waking up was to turn on the television. At the office, I sat at my desk and immediately fired up my music. I brought headphones on a plane to watch a movie. The first thing I did when I checked into a hotel room was to turn on the TV. After starting my car, without thinking I turned on the radio. How about you? Has “noise” become a habit? When was the last time you actually Read the full article »

How to Overcome the “Jolts” of Life

When disaster strikes our life, we’re often simply overwhelmed.  As we saw during the 2011 tsunami in Japan, entire towns were wiped off the map, and all these years later, we’re still seeing news reports of problems with the clean up. When a country like that is in chaos, where do we begin when problems happen? Even more important, how do we deal with the “meltdowns” we face in our lives? In my book “Jolt! Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing” I show you how to Read the full article »

How to Get Your Ideas Noticed in Today’s Distracted World

Every generation lives out their faith and calling within the context of their particular culture. The apostle Paul lived out his ministry in the context of Roman domination; William Wilberforce campaigned in Parliament under the shadow of the British slave trade; Dietrich Bonhoeffer struggled under Nazi occupation. Today, we live in a media-dominated culture and must operate our churches, ministries or nonprofit organizations in that technological context. In a previous age, all a preacher needed to be successful was a good Bible, a calling from God and strong lungs. But in today’s digital culture, where a typical American deals with as many as 5,000 media messages a day, how does the voice of your church, ministry, nonprofit organization – or your great idea rise above the racket? Here’s a few thoughts: Read the full article »

Is Email Taking Over Your Life?

During a film shoot in Tucson, Arizona for a new Internet project, I woke up at 4am unable to sleep.  So as millions do when our sleep is interrupted, I got up and started wading through my cluttered email inbox.  Email consumes enormous amounts of time (some studies indicate that 40% of a typical employee’s day is spent sending and receiving email).  Yet we rarely think about strategies to use it more effectively.  In addition, research shows that a significant amount of email is misinterpreted, leading to embarrassment and sometimes being fired.  A few simple guidelines can keep you from wasting enormous time, and protect you from humiliation, frustration, and even legal issues.  So try out these ideas and see if you can begin to gain some ground in the daily email war: Read the full article »

If You’re Reading This, Then STOP

Hey – it’s Christmas!  What are you doing reading my blog?  Now shut down the computer and get back to your family, friends, or whoever.   Read the Nativity story in the gospels.  Watch a classic Christmas movie.  Spend time with people you love – even if it means your mother in law or crazy uncle Bob.  Go.  Shut down cyberville and enjoy the real meaning of Christmas.

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Can You Handle 30 Minutes of Solitude?

I’m having some knee problems, so last week, I went in for an MRI.  Because it’s a magnetic imaging procedure, when they position you in the machine, you can’t have your cell phone, or other objects.  There’s no TV in the room either.  Plus, they don’t want you to move, so I couldn’t bring a magazine or book.   So there I was, laying on my back for 30 minutes while the MRI machine did it’s thing.  Then, I started to get a bit twitchy.   If you know me, you’ll know that while I’m probably not A.D.D., I AM easily distracted.  At any given waking moment, I like to be DOING something – reading, checking email, Twittering, writing, scanning something – ANYTHING.  But I couldn’t Read the full article »

The Importance of Eliminating Distractions

If wrestling with my daily priorities is one of my biggest challenges, then dealing with distractions is a close second.  I don’t think I’m fully A.D.D., but I may be one of the most easily distracted people on the planet.  My daughter Bailey may have inherited this terrible trait from me.  My mind literally races all the time.  From the moment I wake up to the moment I fall asleep, it’s going at light speed.  That means I rush through things, multi-task unnecessarily, and juggle way too much.  I’m a terrible driver because
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