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Submitted by sholden on


Since I'm prone to being in a nearly-constant state of "continuous partial attention," I thought this article in the Seattle PI was interesting:

Apparantely the folks at Microsoft had a recent hosted a workshop to examine the problem they are calling 'infomania' and are looking for solutions.

I really like the idea of a '2nd information monitoring' screen and I've blogged about that in the past.

I find it really helps to not check email more than once an hour, put your instant messenger in busy mode when you are busy, and let phone calls go to voice mail if you actually working at the time the call comes in.

In addition it helps to be a practicing member of the David Allen Getting Things Done (GTD) model.

Do others have suggestions?


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I'm sorry this has taken me so long. I regret my absence.

Just be careful about one of the Softies talking about "continuous partial attention." She says it's neither good nor bad...but I'm hear to tell you, the modern world does NOT trump biology, at least for a thousand years at a time.

The human brain can think of only one thing at a time, consciously, and we have SIGNFICANT resumption costs.

Again, my apologies.