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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.Edward Creagan, M.D.
"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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Tips for being productive online
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Once upon a time before our world became digital, there was a clear boundary between work and play. We left our jobs at a certain time, and when we got home we could focus on non-work issues.
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Now the equation is completely different. Almost all of us are "on the grid" and connected by the cell phone or the tablet to the Internet, Twitter, Facebook and other social media. The web can be a powerful medium for change, but it can also be an incredible time waster.
Productive and creative individuals have shared with me three rules to maximize these technologies. Let me share them with you:
- Have a specific focus when you log on. What is it that you need to do? Without a focus, you can easily become distracted by videos and news and other websites.
- Set a time limit. Give yourself 45 minutes or so to do what you need to do. Set an alarm to remind yourself when it's time to log off.
- Stand up when using these tools. That way you won't get too comfortable. You'll be motivated to accomplish your task and then get on with the rest of your day.
As Charles Dickens famously wrote, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Those words are no less true today. If we don't harness these technologies, we can easily be swept away in a sea of electrons and have little to show for our time.blog index