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Percentage Driven Business Attention Management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235987D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for performance driven attention management.

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Percentage Driven Business Attention Management

Mail clients and online social networks provide a universal mechanism to connect people and information in logical and organized ways which enable sharing and processing of information between users. The most common mechanisms of sharing and processing information are the inbox, personal messaging page, activity stream, timeline or profile. These mechanisms enable one to rapidly share information with others and gather information from others in the networks. Each user creates, reads and responds to countless messages each day; sometimes loosing track of time while efficiently processing messages.

Given an informal survey of email and activity stream users, there are people who receive 1000 to 3500 mails/messages a day. The way individuals respond to the challenge of managing the mails is to recognize names and associate the names

with a purpose - person A is from sales, person B is from development etc. In such cases, outliers may often be the messages which are most read.

Thus, there is a need to better manage the dynamic nature and needs of the reader rather than the purposes of the sender.

Disclosed is a method and system that optimizes attention management. The method includes categorizing a message such as a message from sales, development etc. and determining a percentage of a category in which the message should be viewed. The method further includes marking the message to be viewed in the corresponding category and controlling the view based on the percentage assigned to the category. For example, low importance emails in a category would be held until the end of the day, or a set time during the day. Optionally, an evolution number may be set for how many emails must occur in a thread before being included in a category or viewed.

The method can be implemented for any messaging system or social network.

In one implementation, the system prompts a user to select roles/categories for splitting time. The roles may be added manually such as to a sales category. For inst...