May 07 2009

How to Overcome Information Overload 2

#3  Set a limit.  If you find that a particular medium drains an abundance of your time, social networking or email for example, you can schedule your time with those particular sites.

For example, instead of leaving your email open all the time and dealing with it as and when it comes in, turn off that little voice or pinger that tells you that you have mail and instead, access it only at certain times of the day.

For example, you can choose to access it in the morning, at lunchtime and again at the end of the day.

Social networking can be set aside until later in the evening and you can give yourself 20 minutes each morning to read the news or watch it on television.  You can tweet, blog, ping etc, at the same time every day so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

#4  Take information vacations.  Whether you turn off all media for a day, for the weekend, for a week or –gasp– even for a month, taking a vacation from information will help you see that you can in fact live without it.  This break will help you set priorities and get your life back from information overload. You don’t have to be switched on ALL the time, and in fact, in office settings, particularly those of you who telecommute, will find you are far more productive if you are not trying to fly through your media all day every day.