Here's scientific proof of something you've ALWAYS suspected: Your coworkers are making you DUMBER. And it happens every single time they talk to you about the weather, your big weekend plans, and what happened on "The Voice".
According to a study out of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, every time your coworkers talk to you and distract you, you immediately become 20% STUPIDER.
Not permanently, of course, or you'd be a drooling, sputtering pile of Jell-O by now. But as long as you're distracted, you're dumber.
A separate study found the average officer worker only gets 11 minutes of work done between interruptions . . . and it can take almost half an hour to fully focus again after you're interrupted.
Based on that math, you may NEVER be able to get back to a place of full productivity. At least I think that's the math. I'm at least 20% dumber right now.
The researchers at Carnegie Mellon DID find the best defense. If you tell yourself you're DEFINITELY going to be interrupted at any moment, it actually helps you focus and improves your productivity. (Yahoo Finance)
Everything's digital now, and people keep notes on their cell phones. So sometimes it's hard to even find a piece of scrap paper to jot something down. Still, this guy should have tried harder.
Last Thursday, 30-year-old Chris Fulton walked into a bank near Oklahoma City and handed one of the tellers a note that said, quote, "You know what to do or we all DIE." Then he ran out empty-handed when he thought the teller set off a silent alarm.
Now, it's not clear if Chris even had a gun on him. But what WAS clear was that the piece of paper he'd written the note on was actually a PERSONAL CHECK.
And he'd used a pen to scratch out the name and numbers on it. But when cops looked at it closely, they COULD make out the information.
The next day, Chris turned himself in after he saw a security camera photo of himself in the paper. And he claims he doesn't even remember doing it . . . because he'd been up for four days straight doing METH.
But even if he hadn't admitted to it, police would have found him. Because it turns out it was one of his MOM'S checks, which he'd stolen. He's being charged with first-degree robbery.
If it wasn't for music, FRANKIE BALLARD may have ended up as a professional baseball player. He was a shortstop at WesternMichiganUniversity, and he was a hard worker . . . until music got in the way.
He says, quote, "I was a baseball junkie and I played guitar. I never thought of music as a career, I just did it. So I started writing songs in college and I'd go out to an open mike night and a blues jam and I started to realize I could do that.
"Once I realized that, it changed. I used to stay after practice and take an extra 300 ground balls, and then all of a sudden I was leaving early and heading to the blues jam."
By then, baseball had taken a back seat to music. He says, quote, "My coach wouldn't let me bring my guitar on the bus. I asked, but he wouldn't let me."
Once the decision was made, he went all the way. He says, quote, "I'd do any gig they'd have me at. Free beer, whatever. I'd be there. I'm thankful for the formative years, building my chops."
MARTINA MCBRIDE had the honor of performing with GEORGE STRAIT last weekend on his Cowboy Rides Away tour.
KEITH URBAN is selling his own line of graphic T-shirts. Each one will cost you 60 bucks, but he IS giving some of it back.
The company making them has a factory in Haiti and they invest 50% of the profits into the employees, families and local communities.
You can check 'em out at ByKeithUrban.com. Click on the "By Keith Urban Collection" button to see the shirts.
Have you ever wondered what your favorite artist is doing while you're fidgeting in your seat waiting for the damn concert to start?
Chances are, they're goofing off. That's what LADY ANTEBELLUM was up to in a recent episode of Lady A TV that shows them backstage dancing, drinking from red solo cups and singing off-key.
Michael Breach is an artist, or more accurately, a coffee artist. Check out his collection, including his recent coffee depictions of Oscar nominees, at Baristart.tumblr.com.