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soozyg
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5/4/2015 | 7:57:19 AM
cyberchondria
I'm a little surprised that this one is on a list. There are that many people who spend that much time on health paranoia?
soozyg
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5/4/2015 | 7:55:44 AM
Re: The Office
I had to stop getting email from two groups--Now You Know and UpWorthiest. I loved everything that came from those two sources. But because I loved everything, I spent so much time reading and watching that I'd forget about work or become unmotivated. I still miss seeing that interesting stuff.
Brian.Dean
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5/4/2015 | 1:06:08 AM
Re: Know your habits
Switching the messaging services onto silent is a good approach unless a major part of one's work is related to the monitoring and evaluation of consumer sentiment across social media. And, customer service reps that also have the responsibility of managing a business page will find it difficult to switch the service on silent.
Brian.Dean
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5/4/2015 | 12:53:34 AM
Re: Know your habits
Agreed, search engine technology has come a long way. However, there is still a long way for it to go. The idea of Google to try and get the most relative knowledge to a first page is good but, it also seems to deliver general knowledge to a first page and it creates an information silo.
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5/3/2015 | 10:28:04 AM
Re: Know your habits
It's somehow a kind of contradiction - the search engine would prefer you stay longer and browse more on the results but as an efficient worker, you need to get what you need then turn to real work. I do feel searching over the internet consumed too much time.
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5/2/2015 | 5:00:30 PM
Re: Know your habits
The habits of Google's search engine should also be taken into account. Recently, I woke with a neck crick and out of curiosity, decided to do a quick search online. As I typed into the search field "neck c", Google quickly displayed a suggestion "Neck Cancer" -- luckily, I did not fall for it. 
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5/2/2015 | 11:59:42 AM
Re: The Daily Unnecessary Meeting .....
i agree. Sometimes I have to attend meetings that have answer all my concerns. instead, I could be spending my time on a project that i'm behind. Fortunately, I have faced any of those time wasters.  But, for me if i need a break it is better to walk around for a bit since seating for long periods of time is not good for your health.
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5/2/2015 | 11:59:29 AM
Reducing Interruptions
Seems like a tiny thing, but turning off the email notification sound was a big productivity gain for me. Writing code, the cost of being interrupted can be massive if I am right in the middle of something. Couple minutes later, the cost of the interruption might be negligible.

I don't use IM, to the consternation of some clients. But I find it totally kills productivity for me. Its like the phone ringing; to me it says "STOP what you are doing right now, and deal with this".

Sometimes I will let the phone go to voice mail if I am in the middle of something. But the phone rarely rings, I strongly encourage email communication, which I usually reply to quckly.

Had a client that would email, text and call all within seconds. I can understand doing that if something both important and urgent is happening, but he would do that just for run of the mill status updates. That lasted not so long.

Also makes for a less stressful day.
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5/2/2015 | 9:55:17 AM
annual performance review time waster
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The performance review is supposed to provide a quantitative measure of performance, e.g. innovation = 95%, etc. I believe that this is based on the dictum "what gets measured, gets done..." In real life, it is actually "what gets measured, gets fudged." One only has to go as far as the VA or the Atlanta school system to find glaring examples that prove this. What makes it even worse is that those who assign the values can use these arbitrary numbers to other objectives. Examples that I saw included the use of performance reviews to get rid of an employee because of age, or to get bonuses.In short, the annual performance review is a fraud.

Sadly, this hurts the company more than the employee, since it eliminates smart management from the running of the company.
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5/1/2015 | 2:10:44 PM
The Office
Interesting stuff, and so much to like and pick off.

I'll go for two --

In the TV program The Office, the staff members in the background looking at their computers, and who didn't have any lines in that scene, were REALLY surfing the internet. 

You Tube -- lots of good stuff, but the ultimate time waster. It's like Funnest Home Videos online.

 
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