Dot Calm

The Search for Sanity in a Wired World

Debra Dinnocenzo (Author) | Richard Swegan (Author)

Publication date: 01/01/2001

Dot Calm
  • Provides detailed, practical solutions to the problems of information, access, and work overload
  • Offers real-life examples of individuals who have managed to reclaim their lives without compromising their careers-and tells how they did it
  • Shows organizations alternative approaches to increasing productivity without overloading workers
  • Provides detailed, practical solutions to the problems of information, access, and work overload
  • Offers real-life examples of individuals who have managed to reclaim their lives without compromising their careers-and tells how they did it
  • Shows organizations alternative approaches to increasing productivity without overloading workers

For millions of people, technology is making their lives harder, not easier. They're bombarded with so much information they can barely read it, let alone process it. They're tied to the office-through email, cell phones, pagers, voice mail and fax machines-24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their sense of balance is under assault from the relentless onslaught of data and the feeling that they must be constantly "connected."

For everyone who yearns to simplify life, slow down, and get centered, all without compromising their career, Dot Calm offers more than hope-it offers answers. Based on the authors' in-depth interviews and survey results, Dot Calm outlines a wide variety of proven tactics that real people in all walks of life are using to cope with the ubiquitous problems of information, access, and work overload. This book provides an unprecedented chance to leverage the success strategies of people who have managed to sever the "electronic tether" that kept them constantly bound to their jobs.

Dinnocenzo and Swegan show that you don't have to sacrifice productivity or efficiency to have a sane, balanced life. On the contrary-technology can so overwhelm people with data that they have a hard time focusing on those activities that truly matter. Unplugging will actually make you more effective.

Dot Calm is fundamentally a book of solutions, not just an analysis of a problem. Dinnocenzo and Swegan offer a variety of tools, exercises, and examples that will help readers:

  • Reconcile their personal priorities and values with the demands of their work
  • Leave the office-especially the virtual office-behind and create space and time to recharge their batteries
  • Put reasonable limits on their accessibility
  • Organize and prioritize the endless electronic clutter in their lives
  • Maintain human contact and create community in a world of faceless electronic communication
  • Design a personal plan for navigating the delicate balance between organizational and individual needs

Doing more and doing it faster doesn't mean that people are doing the right things to achieve the right results. And the price we pay-in stress, disrupted lives, and loss of human contact-is one more and more people are unwilling to pay. Through a process of analysis, self-insight, and priority setting, Dot Calm helps readers identify and stick to their priorities and strike a reasonable balance between life and work.

  • Provides detailed, practical solutions to the problems of information, access, and work overload
  • Offers real-life examples of individuals who have managed to reclaim their lives without compromising their careers-and tells how they did it
  • Shows organizations alternative approaches to increasing productivity without overloading workers

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  • Provides detailed, practical solutions to the problems of information, access, and work overload
  • Offers real-life examples of individuals who have managed to reclaim their lives without compromising their careers-and tells how they did it
  • Shows organizations alternative approaches to increasing productivity without overloading workers
  • Provides detailed, practical solutions to the problems of information, access, and work overload
  • Offers real-life examples of individuals who have managed to reclaim their lives without compromising their careers-and tells how they did it
  • Shows organizations alternative approaches to increasing productivity without overloading workers

For millions of people, technology is making their lives harder, not easier. They're bombarded with so much information they can barely read it, let alone process it. They're tied to the office-through email, cell phones, pagers, voice mail and fax machines-24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their sense of balance is under assault from the relentless onslaught of data and the feeling that they must be constantly "connected."

For everyone who yearns to simplify life, slow down, and get centered, all without compromising their career, Dot Calm offers more than hope-it offers answers. Based on the authors' in-depth interviews and survey results, Dot Calm outlines a wide variety of proven tactics that real people in all walks of life are using to cope with the ubiquitous problems of information, access, and work overload. This book provides an unprecedented chance to leverage the success strategies of people who have managed to sever the "electronic tether" that kept them constantly bound to their jobs.

Dinnocenzo and Swegan show that you don't have to sacrifice productivity or efficiency to have a sane, balanced life. On the contrary-technology can so overwhelm people with data that they have a hard time focusing on those activities that truly matter. Unplugging will actually make you more effective.

Dot Calm is fundamentally a book of solutions, not just an analysis of a problem. Dinnocenzo and Swegan offer a variety of tools, exercises, and examples that will help readers:

  • Reconcile their personal priorities and values with the demands of their work
  • Leave the office-especially the virtual office-behind and create space and time to recharge their batteries
  • Put reasonable limits on their accessibility
  • Organize and prioritize the endless electronic clutter in their lives
  • Maintain human contact and create community in a world of faceless electronic communication
  • Design a personal plan for navigating the delicate balance between organizational and individual needs

Doing more and doing it faster doesn't mean that people are doing the right things to achieve the right results. And the price we pay-in stress, disrupted lives, and loss of human contact-is one more and more people are unwilling to pay. Through a process of analysis, self-insight, and priority setting, Dot Calm helps readers identify and stick to their priorities and strike a reasonable balance between life and work.

  • Provides detailed, practical solutions to the problems of information, access, and work overload
  • Offers real-life examples of individuals who have managed to reclaim their lives without compromising their careers-and tells how they did it
  • Shows organizations alternative approaches to increasing productivity without overloading workers

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - Debra Dinnocenzo

Debra A. Dinnocenzo is president of VirtualWorks!, a learning and development firm specializing in tools and resources for leaders and teams working together from a distance.   She is a consultant and speaker, with expertise in virtual workplace issues including virtual leadership, virtual teams, telework, and work-life balance.  She serves on numerous boards of directors and holds an adjunct faculty position with Duquesne University where she teaches the online graduate course, ""Leadership in the Virtual Workplace.""

Debra A. Dinnocenzo is a veteran executive telecommuter and president of ALLearnatives, a training and consulting firm which offers products and services to telecommuters and organizations involved in telecommuting. In 1997 she was awarded runner-up honors in the Home Sweet Home-Office Contest sponsored by Sales & Marketing Management magazine. She was senior vice president of marketing for Learning International, a worldwide sales performance and training company and a division of Times Mirror. She is the author of 101 Tips for Telecommuters.

For more information, visit Debra's website at www.TipsForTelecommuters.com.-->



Visit Author Page - Richard Swegan


Rick Swegan is a senior organizational consultant with Right Management.  He worked previously at Development Dimensions Intl. where he was an award-winning member of the DDI sales.  He has more than thirty years of experience in sales, consulting, human resource management, and as a platform trainer, group facilitator, and college administrator.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Take Heed of Net Speed!
Over-connected, over-worked, over-informed and overwhelmed
Chapter 2: Launch the Search Engine Within
Personal diagnosis and insights
Chapter 3: How Organizations Help and Hinder
The problems-and the potential-that lurk in organizations
Chapter 4: SOLUTIONS: The Connection Conundrum
Choosing how much or how little to be connected and accessible
Chapter 5: SOLUTIONS: Unplug to Reenergize
Disconnecting and creating moments of serenity
Chapter 6: SOLUTIONS: Techno-Triage
Filtering for critical information
Chapter 7: SOLUTIONS: Creating Community
Connecting with others-the lost art of human contact
Chapter 8: Your Digital Divide
Exploring possibilities, making personal choices and implementing solutions
Chapter 9: Reminders-For Those Who Don't Own a Retrospectoscope
The power of perspective combined with a strong sense of priorities

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Excerpt

Dot Calm

Foreword

ix

We swing between extremes like the pendulum of a grandfather clock. At one end of the pendulum’s arc, we see an exclamation point. At the other end, a question mark.

Swinging toward the exclamation point, we fling ourselves headlong into impossible work schedules fueled by fast food, motivational tapes and books on positive thinking. The idea is to win, to get ahead, to “unleash the giant within.” But as the heady rush of adrenaline fades, we lose momentum and begin to fall back toward the question mark. Swinging past the center-point, we slip quietly into misty-eyed reflection about the meaning of life and start using words like Zen. The next step would be to shave our heads and start dancing in orange robes at the airport!

This book is for that reader who can hear the wind roar as the pendulum of their life swings wildly toward the exclamation point. Be of good cheer, gentle reader, for you’ll find these pages to be filled with practical, how-to advice from the world’s happiest and most successful executives—step-by-step formulas for finding your equilibrium, maintaining your symmetry and keeping balance in your life.

Things are about to get much better.

Read on.


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Endorsements

"Tremendously relevant, insightful and wise in learning how to effectively cope in today's 'techno' world. Read it and gain back your time, your sanity, your relationships, your life."

-- Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"A quick read....with lasting benefits. This wise book is your must-have guide through the maze of work and life choices you make on a daily basis."

-- Diane Hessan, CEO, Communispace Corporation

"In a wired, fast cycle time, high pressured and total change world, people need to find balance before they say "e-NUF!". Dot Calm is a breath of fresh air, presenting practical and healthy approaches to finding balance in the digital age."

-- Elliott Masie, Publisher, TechLearn TRENDS and President, The MASIE Center

"Dot Calm explores the infinite ways in which work and life can mutually thrive. It will give you the ability to add a critical three-dimensional balance to the nonstop world of the New Economy."

-- James Daly, Editor In Chief, Business 2.0

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