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Datanauts 144: Managing Work Stress And Cognitive Biases

Stress is a fairly constant feeling when it comes to piloting a galaxy class battle cruiser around the galaxy. From dealing with personnel requests to battling evil lizard droids in sector 8, the job can weigh you down. What might be done about it? That’s the topic of today’s Datanauts episode. Our guest is Eric Shanks, a senior solutions architect at Ahead. He also blogs at The It Hollow. Eric has blogged recently about his own efforts to understand why he’s stressed, and a few things he dug up in researching the subject. These include a pernicious phenomenon called the Zeigarnik Effect, in which people remember uncompleted tasks better than finished ones. They also discuss cognitive and memory biases and how they affect recall, and look at techniques to help you manage complex tasks, which can help reduce the Zeigarnik Effect, and, we hope, get your stress levels down. Sponsor: ITProTV Join ITProTV to learn the skills to pass the most in-demand IT certs. It’s binge-worthy learning! ITProTV’s extensive course library includes CEH v9, CISA, CompTIA A+, Mac Certified Support Professional, and more! Visit itpro.tv/data and use code DATANAUTS to try it FREE for 7 days, and receive 30% off your monthly membership for the lifetime of your active subscription. Show Links: The Dark Side of Stress – The IT Hollow Zeigarnik Effect – Wikipedia Memory errors and biases – Wikipedia My trudge through IT Burnout and the fight to keep it at bay – Eric Lee
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