On June 7, 2010, Christopher White attended a kickoff meeting in suburban Washington D.C. for a project to rapidly develop and deploy big data analytics and visualization tools to aid the war effort in Afghanistan.
“In Chris’s mind, he was going to come to D.C. for two weeks during the summer, work on this program he literally didn’t know anything about, and that’s it,” says Randy Garrett, who was the program manager for Project Nexus 7 at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
“Well, it didn’t quite turn out that way.”
White, an expert in training computers to extract information from troves of digitally processed information, had just finished his first year as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. His advisor was a DARPA contractor, which gave White a sought-after opportunity to transfer computer science research into real-world applications. The process just…
A steady barrage of emails can quickly turn a manageable to-do list into a workday nightmare. Those dozens (or hundreds) of messages disrupt your focus, intensify stress levels and generally throw a wrench in your ideal workflow. If you’re not careful—and sometimes even if you are—email can become a second full-time job.
It goes without saying that this kind of chaos isn’t sustainable. Thankfully, there are personal analytics tools available that can provide you with insights about your day-to-day schedule and email habits. You can use these insights to strategize, re-organize and set limits that will save you significant time.
Understand your inbox
The average knowledge worker spends 28 percent of their day on email—what about you? How much time is spent reading versus writing? And what about your read rates and response times? Are you communicating effectively with your peers and coworkers?