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HOW
TO
BEAT
DISTRACTION
WARNING!!! This workshop requires
WILLPOWER!
“It’s not information overload. It’s filter
failure.”
― Clay Shirky
Image CC BY 2.0 © Joi http://bit.ly/1mCFN14
Objectives of the workshop
• The problem of digital distraction/information
overload
• Your own digital distractions - Roo...
We each leave behind us a vast ‘data trail’ every time we
travel, use our phone or credit card, search or buy online,
use ...
Anyone here spend time
doing nothing but this?
The best Web page in the world?
The fear of NOT being connected
Beware the hyperlink
Principes argumentum definitionem at nam. Per an nostro invenire. Agam tota pro cu, vim sale minim
ex...
What are your digital distractions?
Image CC BY Davis Staedtler http://bit.ly/1KD81yk
Mine are
1.Email
2.Myself
3.Others
Image CC BY David Goehring
http://bit.ly/1KHqPMS
Multitask?
Cognitive control in media multitaskers. E Ophir, C Nass, AD Wagner.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106 (...
What some of the big fish do
• Google – No more than 10 people at a
meeting
• Reily Media – Have standing up meetings
• Fo...
Filter #1
Filter emails before they arrive
Filter #2
Find the emails you really want
Filter #3
Delete emails on your phone forever!
Filter #4
http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-20609-7_68 [Last Accessed 28/10/2015]
Filter #5
Relax! You’ll Be More Productive
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/opinion/sunday/relax-youll-be-more-productive...
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/opinion/sunday/relax-youll-be-more-productive.html?_r=0 [Last Accessed 26/10/2015]
Colleagues in ScHARR
“ I find meditation helps to focus on what matters: what is really happening now, what is my purpose
...
Do you practise
meditation/mindfulness?
What are your experiences?
If not, why not?
Useful meditation/mindfulness
resources
• Headspace - Website. IOS, Android, Kindle
App. iTunes. Book. Podcast free/subscr...
If you use them right
Filter #6
Filter #7 IFTTT
Filter #8 Readability
Filter #9 leave your desk behind
Image © Turnitin http://turnitin.com/en_us/features/ipad
Filter #10 Find a quiet focused place
Filter #11 Curate your interests
Filter #12 Unroll
Filter #13 Have a Walking meeting
Image CC BY 2.0 © cheetah100 http://bit.ly/1h5JZ4w
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning
and nothing worse will happen to you
the rest of the day.”
Mark Twain
Image CC BY 2.0 © Jussi Linkola http://bit.ly/1LZzFYt
30:30 App
http://3030.binaryhammer.com/
http://www.staffs.ac.uk/ask/ [Last Accessed 28/1/0/2015]
Stay FocusdAvailable on Chrome Web Store
Image CC BY 2.0 © Artondra Hall http://bit.ly/20cAhna
Other useful productivity tools
https://en.todoist.com/ Windows, Mac, IOS,
Android, Web
https://www.wunderlist.com/ Window...
Things for you to try
Leave your phone at home
Go for a walking meeting
Go work in the library
Try meditating (even for ju...
• The effect of music listening on work performance
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/business/LESIUKarticle2005.p...
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  1. 1. HOW TO BEAT DISTRACTION
  2. 2. WARNING!!! This workshop requires WILLPOWER!
  3. 3. “It’s not information overload. It’s filter failure.” ― Clay Shirky Image CC BY 2.0 © Joi http://bit.ly/1mCFN14
  4. 4. Objectives of the workshop • The problem of digital distraction/information overload • Your own digital distractions - Room 101 • Solutions* • Technologies to help with digital distraction *Not every solution will work for everyone Not all solutions may be right for you, requires willpower.
  5. 5. We each leave behind us a vast ‘data trail’ every time we travel, use our phone or credit card, search or buy online, use social media or visit a supermarket. That data adds up, making up part of the 2.5 billion gigabytes of data – equivalent to 67.5 billion Encyclopedia Britannicas - created across the world every day.
  6. 6. Anyone here spend time doing nothing but this?
  7. 7. The best Web page in the world?
  8. 8. The fear of NOT being connected
  9. 9. Beware the hyperlink Principes argumentum definitionem at nam. Per an nostro invenire. Agam tota pro cu, vim sale minim explicari no. Sonet apeirian ei est, per in consul referrentur, in per melius quaerendum. Ad sea alia purto, ea nemore omnium molestiae sed, perpetua consectetuer cu mea. Pri et possit eruditi, possit accumsan id mea, mel magna assentior ea. Est at sonet soluta. Ex nibh docendi nominati his. Cum alienum vituperata elaboraret no. Id est omnium dolorum mentitum. Albucius imperdiet quo ut, ad eam suas iisque recteque. Eam no dolore erroribus, offendit dissentias quo eu, nam ea vidit oportere consetetur. Te inani volumus nam, sed at tibique disputationi. Vis erant utroque assueverit ne, id aeque volutpat efficiendi vix. Eu odio prima eos, eu deserunt antiopam vituperata duo. Iuvaret petentium te mei, est te omnesque accusata. Falli propriae sed ea. Ex latine aperiam dolores vis, nam erat dolorum civibus te, an sea veri offendit moderatius. Id tollit placerat pro. Mei ex quis agam, vidit simul efficiendi id per. Sea at quidam contentiones. Alii simul constituto an nam. Ne quo semper detraxit eloquentiam, per soleat theophrastus at, ex mea partem antiopam. Disruption and Recovery of Computing Tasks: Field Study, Analysis, and Directions http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/horvitz/chi_2007_iqbal_horvitz.pdf
  10. 10. What are your digital distractions? Image CC BY Davis Staedtler http://bit.ly/1KD81yk
  11. 11. Mine are 1.Email 2.Myself 3.Others
  12. 12. Image CC BY David Goehring http://bit.ly/1KHqPMS Multitask?
  13. 13. Cognitive control in media multitaskers. E Ophir, C Nass, AD Wagner. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106 (37), 15583-15587
  14. 14. What some of the big fish do • Google – No more than 10 people at a meeting • Reily Media – Have standing up meetings • Founder of Tumblr David Karp doesn’t read email first hour of every morning • IBM – No email periods
  15. 15. Filter #1 Filter emails before they arrive
  16. 16. Filter #2 Find the emails you really want
  17. 17. Filter #3 Delete emails on your phone forever!
  18. 18. Filter #4
  19. 19. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-20609-7_68 [Last Accessed 28/10/2015]
  20. 20. Filter #5 Relax! You’ll Be More Productive http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/opinion/sunday/relax-youll-be-more-productive.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1&
  21. 21. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/opinion/sunday/relax-youll-be-more-productive.html?_r=0 [Last Accessed 26/10/2015]
  22. 22. Colleagues in ScHARR “ I find meditation helps to focus on what matters: what is really happening now, what is my purpose and how can I respond in a more kindly way to whatever is happening.”* “Meditation literally gives me 'head-space' and a release from thinking about the stress of our increasingly busy lives, and the constant intrusion of technology that is eroding the boundaries between work life and home life. Meditation using mindfulness techniques provides the tranquility and nourishment my mind needs to keep it healthy in the same way my body needs exercise and a healthy diet.” “I find meditation help not only calm my mind but also increase its ability to concentrate on an object. Performing mindfulness helps me touch the present moment; be less distracted or disturbed by thoughts about the past or the future; be able to focus more on the task I am doing; and be able to listen to others and help them to be with the present moment as well.” “I find that after the 20 min session on a Wed lunchtime, my thoughts are more organised and I am more productive.*” “I find it hugely 'levelling'. I am less critical of myself and others which gives me tons more space to enjoy what I am doing by simply being immersed in it.” “I can wake up with lots of brief thoughts presenting themselves and find that meditation quietens this down and I can enjoy doing one thing at a time plus decide more easily what order to tackle things.” I find that during the day, I am able to close my eyes for 1 min or so and rebalance or refocus myself and get rid of unhelpful thoughts. I find it very helpful if I have a lot on or need to deal with challenges. It gives me the energy and focus required. * Both Professors
  23. 23. Do you practise meditation/mindfulness? What are your experiences? If not, why not?
  24. 24. Useful meditation/mindfulness resources • Headspace - Website. IOS, Android, Kindle App. iTunes. Book. Podcast free/subscription • Take a Break (Guided meditations for stress relief) - IOS, Android App • Calm - Website. IOS, Android App. Book • Buddhify - IOS, Android App
  25. 25. If you use them right Filter #6
  26. 26. Filter #7 IFTTT
  27. 27. Filter #8 Readability
  28. 28. Filter #9 leave your desk behind Image © Turnitin http://turnitin.com/en_us/features/ipad
  29. 29. Filter #10 Find a quiet focused place
  30. 30. Filter #11 Curate your interests
  31. 31. Filter #12 Unroll
  32. 32. Filter #13 Have a Walking meeting
  33. 33. Image CC BY 2.0 © cheetah100 http://bit.ly/1h5JZ4w
  34. 34. “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Mark Twain
  35. 35. Image CC BY 2.0 © Jussi Linkola http://bit.ly/1LZzFYt
  36. 36. 30:30 App http://3030.binaryhammer.com/
  37. 37. http://www.staffs.ac.uk/ask/ [Last Accessed 28/1/0/2015]
  38. 38. Stay FocusdAvailable on Chrome Web Store Image CC BY 2.0 © Artondra Hall http://bit.ly/20cAhna
  39. 39. Other useful productivity tools https://en.todoist.com/ Windows, Mac, IOS, Android, Web https://www.wunderlist.com/ Windows, Mac, IOS, Android, Web https://www.rememberthemilk.com/ Windows, Mac, IOS, Android, Blackberry
  40. 40. Things for you to try Leave your phone at home Go for a walking meeting Go work in the library Try meditating (even for just a minute)
  41. 41. • The effect of music listening on work performance http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/business/LESIUKarticle2005.pdf • The Effect of Student Music Choice on Writing Productivity. http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED448472 Music to work to – ScoopIt! Page http://www.scoop.it/t/background-music

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