Idle Brain...Productive Brain
"It's when we look idle that our brains are most likely to perform miracles" - Faye Flam
Ever try and sit alone in a room for 10 minutes, no cell, nothing but you and your thoughts? For many of us, even the idea gives us chills. This is downtime. It is the essential counterbalance to the turbulent world we live in.
It may sound counterintuitive for an IT department to promote less frequent use of technology. In fact, downtime fuels creativity, increases productivity and creates balance between our inner and outer worlds. If we want divergent thinking and innovation, we all need to get better at creating downtime.
Developing a practice of downtime isn't easy. Start small. Dedicate two half hour segments of your day without electronics, without interruptions and without electronic noise, just you and your thoughts.
We’ve all heard of multi-tasking, something that isn’t real. Computers can’t multi-task and neither can you. We don’t multi-task, we time slice. Each time we time slice, there is lost productivity picking up where we left off. Reduce time slicing by...
- Limiting the number of times you check your email every day.
- Put your cell phone in Airplane mode to reduce interruptions.
- Social Media… need we say more?
"With a little determination each of us could find a way to waste a half an hour (or two) each day." - Alan Lightman
Over the past year, Cal Lutheran has experienced an increase in the number of spoofed, spam and robocalls. Cal Lutheran is not alone, other universities, organizations and personal phones have also experienced a spike in nuisance calls (and text messages). In response, ITS has installed a nuisance call handler on the Shoretel phone system to help alleviate and reduce the number of unwanted calls that are received on the University voice system. The nuisance call blocking feature does not automatically identify unwanted calls and will require ITS staff to investigate. To request a phone number be blocked, please email the Help Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the phone number, time and date of the call(s) and the reason to block the number. If you are receiving harassing or threatening phone calls, please contact Campus Safety (805-493-3911 or 805-493-3208).
Caller ID spoofing: Caller ID spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. In some cases, Cal Lutheran employees have received calls where the caller ID displays “Cal Lutheran” with a phone number beginning with 805-493. The University has also received complaints from neighbors that our phone system is calling them as the caller has spoofed Cal Lutheran’s primary prefix 493.
Spam and Robocalls: Just like spam email, spam calls are unwanted/unsolicited advertisements for products and services, typically the caller is calling on behalf of a company and not directly. Robocalls leverage auto-dialers to deliver pre-recorded messages where a person isn’t on the caller side.
How do you stop calls to your personal phone number?
The national Do Not Call list protects landline and wireless phone numbers. You can register your numbers on the national Do Not Call list at no cost by calling 1-888-382-1222 (voice) or 1-866-290-4236 (TTY). You must call from the phone number you wish to register. For more information, check out:
Also, you may want to touch on this one: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/one-ring-phone-scam
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Jokes from the bulletin board
Moses was technically the first person to download files to his tablet from the cloud.