Good practical advice. Good to hear your voice.  Welcome to
the conversation.


On Jan 30, 2008 8:42 AM, Sam Hooker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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> Adam Provost wrote:
> | Some say it's important that we make decisions to prevent students from
> | using technology or to pull back from this tide.  There's no question
> that
> | this onslaught of information is getting larger. It seems like it's more
> | important to teach people when to pull back, to learn to set
> boundaries for
> | themselves and to focus on making smart decisions on and around
> | productivity. Adam
> Agreed: there's not going to be much meaningful "turning back the tide",
> at least not in the short run (when it would make a difference to the
> people reading this today). We can, though, individually make conscious
> decisions about our own boundaries: it's not like that's not MY cell
> phone ringing, over there. I can choose not to answer it. (So long as I
> can convince my clients to call the office first instead of my cell
> phone...Tom.)
> It's hard to consciously "do less" though, when you're constantly aware
> of how much there is, well, "to do". To be truly successful requires
> management (or administration) support. For instance: we've given our
> benighted Project Manager (who also plays Triage Nurse) permission to do
> exactly what Bill said: batch things up, so that she can get into an
> "email groove", then a "voicemail groove". We're hoping that this leads
> to less fragmentation on her part. (Because she's been running a screen
> for our engineers, preventing us from being interrupted, and it's worked
> beautifully.)
> Having been a high school Technology Coordinator, I know how easy it is
> to have your attention split in a million different directions. The best
> thing I can suggest is a frank talk with your immediate
> supervisor/administrator about helping set expectations for the Tech
> Department's response time. (Call it your SLA, if you want.) It can be
> very liberating to have someone of authority backing you up when you
> make a conscious decision to "drop (or delay) some packets" in favor of
> honest-to-goodness productivity.
> Something confuses me, though:
> | ...research firm focusing on the knowledge economy, interruptions from
> | e-mail, cell phones, instant messaging, text messaging, and blogs eat
> | up nearly 30...
> Interrupted by a blog? I dare you: interrupt me with your blog. ;-)
> Cheers,
> - -sth
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