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Measure Results, Not Hours, to Improve Work Efficiency

Measure Results, Not Hours, to Improve Work Efficiency | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
Often, professionals are judged by the amount of time they spend at the office. But that gauge can be at odds with workplace efficiency.
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The Unanticipated Benefits of Content Curation: Reducing Overload

The Unanticipated Benefits of Content Curation: Reducing Overload | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
The Unanticipated Benefits of Content Curation   View more presentations from Beth Kanter Yesterday, I did a free NTEN Webinar called "The Unanticipated Benefits of Content Curation: Reducing Information Overload" based on my feature article in the...
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Non-profits can help their constituents sort through the clutter. Discipline is needed!

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Avoid Distractions on Facebook by ERADICATING Your News Feed!

Avoid Distractions on Facebook by ERADICATING Your News Feed! | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
Want to avoid distractions on Facebook and get more done? No problem. Just install this Chrome plugin and double your productivity overnight.
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Wanting Everything in Tech Now Is Making You Sick

Wanting Everything in Tech Now Is Making You Sick | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
Humans are conditioned for overstimulation and overscheduling, which become chronic stressors that lead to behavioral, mood and attention disorders.
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I Procrastinated For A Week And Accomplished An Astonishing Amount Of Work

I Procrastinated For A Week And Accomplished An Astonishing Amount Of Work | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
Conventional wisdom is that procrastination is a bad habit that we should try to eliminate at all costs. But what if we embraced putting things off?
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I feel exonerated, thanks Beth ;-)
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(How To) Be a Calm Person

(How To) Be a Calm Person | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
Fourteen methods for mind over matter
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"For every minute you don’t touch your phone, our sponsor can provide one day of clean water to a child in need" - Contemplative Computing

"For every minute you don’t touch your phone, our sponsor can provide one day of clean water to a child in need" - Contemplative Computing | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
The UNICEF Tap Project sponsors projects to provide clean drinking water to the hundreds of millions of people who don't have it. This year, they've created an online challenge: for every minute you spend away from the phone, Giorgio Armani will pony up for a day's clean water. (Just go...
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The Mindfulness Racket

The Mindfulness Racket | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
The evangelists of unplugging might just have another agenda
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Morozov sees two problems with the movement. First, digital detoxes aim to help people recharge their mental batteries so they'll have more energy to spend on social media-- in effect, it encourages people to live more interesting lives so they won't bore their friends on Facebook, not to rethink how they live.

Second, and more important, the movement makes the individual responsible for overconnection, and implicitly absolves companies of trying to commoditize and resell their user's attention.

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Reporter turns in article about procrastination on time | Updates | PBS NewsHour | PBS

Reporter turns in article about procrastination on time | Updates | PBS NewsHour | PBS | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
We all procrastinate. We put things off we know we shouldn't - then scramble to get them done. But is it a fault of our environment? Or a trait for which we are hard-wired? Continue reading →
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End Every Day With a Beginning

End Every Day With a Beginning | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
Pro end-of-day tip: write what you want to do the next day on a post-it.
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Good technique to avoid begin overwhelmed

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focus booster - home; try the pomodoro technique

focus booster - home; try the pomodoro technique | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
Focus booster is a pomodoro app.This digital application of the pomodoro technique allows you to use a pomodoro timer conveniently, on your computer.
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The pomodoro technique is a time management methodology created by Francesco Cirillo. Pomodoro enables you to take the stress out of deadlines by breaking down your day into segments, you work solidly during these periods and remove all distractions. At the end of the pomodoro session you reward yourself with a break.

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The Checklist of Doom - Pyragraph

The Checklist of Doom - Pyragraph | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
The checklist itself is not a new concept: do these items every week. I think you’ll agree, though, that the Checklist of Doom is different than most.
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Evernote for Beginners: The Basics of the Most Popular Notebook App

Evernote for Beginners: The Basics of the Most Popular Notebook App | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
Evernote's an amazingly powerful notebook app. But it can also be rather overwhelming at first. Here's everything you need to get started with Evernote and get your info saved into notes, organized with notebooks and tags. You'll even learn how to clip anything you find online into your notebook, and search like a pro. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Medium; Tags: App Training, Productivity, Evernote

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niftyjock's curator insight, February 17, 5:46 PM

Love Evernote

Marco Pozzi's curator insight, March 27, 1:15 AM

Esistono delle applicazioni veramente notevoli. Avrebbero una ricaduta importante nella didattica così come nel lavoro di tutti i giorni.

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, March 28, 3:39 AM

If you've ever thought of getting into using Evernote, but weren't sure where to start, this would be a good place. Teachers can use Evernote to organise all sorts and share with students. It's a great tool, I'd recommend giving it a go.

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Don't ban email—change how you work!

Don't ban email—change how you work! | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
How often do you hear things like "let's ban email", "no more attachments", "death to PowerPoint decks", "we're going paperless", "meeting free friday" or one of dozens of "bans" designed to do awa...
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It is easy to complain about a tool. Sometimes the complaints are about the work itself and the tool is just the scapegoat. There’s value in looking at tool usage or process creation from a team or management perspective. My own experience is that the clarion calls to ban a tool or process have some common warning signs that are worth keeping an eye out for as the team might avoid the jump to banning something, which we know won’t work.

  • Who is setting expectations for work product / process? If management is mandating the use of a tool the odds of a rebellion against it go up. As a general rule, the more management frames the outcome and the less the mechanism for the outcome the more tolerance there will be for the tool. Conversely, if the team comes up with a way of working that is hard for outsiders to follow or understand, it is likely to see pushback from partners or management. However, if it is working and the goal is properly framed then it seems harmless to keep using a tool. Teams should be allowed to use or abuse tools as they see fit so long as the work is getting done, no matter how things might look from outside.
  • Does the work product benefit the team doing the work or the person asking? A corollary to above is the tool or process that is mandated but seems to have no obvious benefit is usually a rebellion in-waiting. Document production is notorious for this. From status reports to slides to spreadsheets, the specification by management to create ever more elaborate “work products” for the benefit of management invariably lead to a distaste for the tool. It is always a good idea for management to reduce the need to create work, tools, and processes where the benefit accrues to management exclusively. Once again, the members of the team will likely start to feel like banning the use of the tool is the only way to ease the overload or tax.
  • Do people get evaluated (explicitly or implicitly) on the quality of the work product/process or the end-result? A sure-fire warning sign to the looming distaste of a tool or process is when a given work product becomes a goal or is itself measured. Are people measured by the completion of a report? Does someone look at how many email notifications get generated by someone? Does someone get kudos for completing a template about the group’s progress? All of these are tools that might be considered valuable in the course of achieving the actual goals of the team, but are themselves the path along the way. Are your status reports getting progressively more elaborate? Are people creating email rules to shunt email notifications to a folder? Are people starting to say “gosh I must have missed that”? All of those are warning signs that there is an impending pushback against the tool or process.
  • What doesn’t get done if you just stop? The ultimate indicator for a need to change a tool or process is to play out what would happen if you really did ban it. We all know that banning email is really impractical. There are simply too many exceptions and that is exactly the point. Many tools can have a role in the modern workplace. Banning a tool in isolation of the work never works. Taking a systematic look at the work required that uses a tool, those that use the tool, and those that benefit from the output is the best way to approach the desire to use the most appropriate toolset in the workplace.
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ON KEEPING A LOGBOOK

ON KEEPING A LOGBOOK | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
The best writing project I took on last year was what I call my logbook: a simple Moleskine daily planner in which I kept track of the little details of my day.
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Log book ..

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Humanize Tech by Building Purpose into Every Action

Humanize Tech by Building Purpose into Every Action | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
What would happen if we lived with more intention and tried to be more human in this age of digital technology?
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Should We All Declare Social Bankruptcy?

Should We All Declare Social Bankruptcy? | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
This year, we’re not just challenging our community to re-examine how our lives are impacted by social media and technology — both positively and negatively — but we’re also asking ourselves to be more introspective. We issued a challenge to turn off our phones during Valentine’s Day to reconnect with a loved one. We discussed...
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10 of the most controversial productivity tips that actually work - - The Buffer Blog

10 of the most controversial productivity tips that actually work - - The Buffer Blog | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
Tim Ferriss tells us "To do the impossible, you have to ignore the popular". Here are the most controversial productivity tips to do exactly that:
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4.)  Work less

Within the Buffer team, we have an informal rule, that goes something like this:

“Working more is never the answer.”

This is derived from Tony Schwartz’ book “The Power of Full Engagement”, where he proposes a solution to working, that completely changed my productivity. His key idea is simple: “Manage your energy, not your time.”

Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow also has some explanations:

“There are first order benefits to taking the time off, but I think the real business case is (that) in working together to make that time off possible, companies actually re-think how you work and how to be productive.”

So if you start working less, you will have to think really hard about what you will spend your time doing. Here is also more on managing energy, rather than time.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, March 2, 3:29 PM

I always like to look at everything with my 'own' eyes, ignoring the popular. So this article by co-founder and CMO of Buffer Leo Widrich makes you think about some real 'popular' assumptions.

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What's the Best Social Network Ever? A Table + Two Chairs!

What's the Best Social Network Ever? A Table + Two Chairs! | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
People do business with people, not with technology. Whether you are a person or a brand, to truly build long-lasting personal relationship with another person or a brand advocate you need way more than just a couple of tweets and a LinkedIn connection request, you need face-to-face time.

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Marianne Hart's curator insight, February 28, 12:24 PM

Sometimes the best PLN is right next door, just down the hall, or in your building!!

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Evgeny Morozov on digital detoxes, and the need to rethink unplugging - Contemplative Computing

Evgeny Morozov on digital detoxes, and the need to rethink unplugging - Contemplative Computing | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
Evgeny Morozov has a short critical piece in The New Republic about digital detoxes, mindfulness and technology. I think the swipe at mindfulness is on the shallow side, but his argument that the digital detox movement is problematic-- or rather, that it runs the risk of solving one problem by...
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This is a perfect little example of what users face today: a near-constant exposure to efforts to shape their behavior in ways that might serve them (at some times), but definitely serve the interests of companies and advertisers.

Ironically, critics who see the digital detox movement as one that fetishizes analog authenticity enable this (or as it were, distract us from the real issue):

in their efforts to reveal the upper-class biases of the "digital detox" crowd—by arguing, for example, that the act of unplugging falls somewhere between wearing vintage clothes and consuming artisanal cheese—critics like [Alexis] Madrigal risk absolving the very exploitative strategies of Twitter and Facebook.

I think Morozov is exactly right that there's a danger that practices like a digital detox or digital Sabbath can be shallow, and that we can miss the opportunity they offer us to rethink how we use our information technologies. But any good thing can be practiced in a shallow way (this is why we have the words humility and sanctimony), and any good opportunity can be wasted.

But it's not inevitable that they're shallow. It's important to note that there are people for whom digital detoxes actually work the way Morozov advocates. When I wrote The Distraction Addiction, I made a point to talk about people for whom disconnection isn't a fad or a quick fix. The people who get the most out of it are the people who practice it regularly. They often discover that they don't need to be frantically connected, and they become a little more aware of how companies try to capture their attention. And they realize that the challenge isn't to disconnect completely or get back to "real life," but to lead a richer life. They're still going IRL, but going for a different "R."

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The 3 Step Cure for Presentation Procrastination

The 3 Step Cure for Presentation Procrastination | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
from Portico (by Portico. Present Better.)
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Smartphones Make You Tired and Unproductive, Study Says

Smartphones Make You Tired and Unproductive, Study Says | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
Heavy use of iPhones and other devices makes workers much less effective, according to new research.
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Hard habit to break

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The beginner's guide to putting the internet to work for you: How to easily save 60 minutes every day - - The Buffer Blog

The beginner's guide to putting the internet to work for you: How to easily save 60 minutes every day - - The Buffer Blog | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
One of the most fun and useful things I’ve been doing lately is automating small processes I do all the time. It took me a while to work up the courage to dive into automation, as it always seemed like a really difficult, technical thing to do, which should be left to programmers. Luckily, there [...]

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, February 18, 1:59 PM

Automating repetitive processes, including those you use to seek, filter, tag, store, and retrieve information, can be a useful infotention practice. I've Scooped IFTTT before. This blog post is by social media management service Buffer, so the examples are Buffer-centric, but any of these automation tools can be applied to a variety of platforms, services, and practices.

Tara Verner's curator insight, February 23, 10:42 AM

Get some handy tips on how to automate every day tasks with online tools.

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Will you check this scoop? Thank you so much. http://sco.lt/5okJ17
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Listening: The forgotten part of online communication

Listening: The forgotten part of online communication | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
We can’t expect to get the most from texts, instant messaging, e-mails, or discussion boards if we approach them as we would a novel or textbook.
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As we increase our reliance on technology to share information, what are the implications for listening? As we’ve adapted our expression to leverage the range of electronic methods at our disposal, we must also adapt our reception. The act previously known as reading must evolve to a new competency: online listening.


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  • Respect - give reading the same attention you would listening to someone face-to-face
  • Consideration - don't just read on the fly
  • Inquiry - avoid the "clear it out" mentality - take discussion deeper
  • Sensing - knowing when there is more to be said in email
  • Discerning - know when it is time to pick up the phone
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Workstation Popcorn: How To Become Uber Productive While Working For Yourself | IMPOSSIBLE

Workstation Popcorn: How To Become Uber Productive While Working For Yourself | IMPOSSIBLE | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
Note: I was introduced to this idea somewhere on Hacker News a few weeks back, though I haven’t been able to find the exact discussion again [1]. I adapted the original concept to fit my own style, and it’s changed the way I approach my work. Uber Productivity – How To Knock Out More Work Than …
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The 7 (app) wonders of the marketing world | SmartBlogs

The 7 (app) wonders of the marketing world | SmartBlogs | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
Successfully running a small business is challenging. It requires perseverance, resolve and the ability to oversee multiple projects at once. With so many
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Philipp Karcher's Blog

Philipp Karcher's Blog | Information Coping Skills | Scoop.it
Email overload is a hot topic. Replace “email” in the title of this post with “message” and the point becomes more obvious. 
 
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Social displaces some interactions that are inefficient over email, but overall introduces more messages for workers to sift through. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, many organizations invest in enterprise social for the additional collaborative interaction (i.e., messaging) it facilitates. 
 
First, let’s look at how social displaces some interactions that are inefficient over email. In contrast to a private model -- which relies on addressing specific individuals and restricting who can see messages -- a public model allows everyone to more easily:
 
  1. Find someone who can help. Social platforms elevate experts based on their rich profiles, contributions to the community, and recognition by others. Addressing a larger group also improves the chances the right person will see your message. This avoids what IBM calls the squirrel hunt when you start pinging people to ask “Can you help me with this or direct me to someone who can?"
  2. Surface and participate in relevant discussions. We’ve all been annoyed by massive reply-all email chains. Rather than depend on being forwarded or copied at some point in an important email chain and be unnecessarily looped in on others, social tools allow us to choose to participate in relevant discussions. By electing to get notifications or watching the activity in a particular channel or group we stay "in the know” and can jump in or stay out.
 
At the same time however, social introduces more messages for us to sift through. Email has a low signal-to-noise ratio, but social is even noisier. In fact Forrester’s survey data shows that compared to workers who don’t use enterprise social, those that do actually spend more time in their typical workday looking for information. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are being inefficient. Rather, I believe it means they are tapping their peers and taking more time to make informed decisions.
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