Debra-Kaye Elliott

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The Age of Information Overload

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The Age of Information OverloadWith the explosion and evolution of the internet, a wealth of information is available at our fingertips. From confirming something simple such as “What’s today’s date?” to finding out more complex information such as the procedures for purchasing a house, the internet is the #1 resource for most people today. So much so that books have become outdated for some. However with so much information available to us and the data banks constantly growing, information overload is inevitable. Have you ever researched something on Google to find out the methods or steps to approach it, only to receive tens, hundreds and thousands of results from numerous articles and a few book references as to how other people do it? Overwhelming, isn’t it? Which approach is the right choice? Sometimes you may consume so much information that your brain just stops processing it (like me).

So how can you get a grasp on all the information out there? Here are a few ideas:

  • Baby steps (yes, I tell myself this too)
  • Don’t try to research every method or process
  • Find what works for you and stick with it
  • Take suggestions you find from a few sources and create your own method

We don’t have to listen to, read or watch every piece of content out there – that’s impossible, and crazy, if you think about it. However, we do have to find our own groove and adjust when or where necessary. Change is constant, and as such information will change as time passes. It’s up to us to not overload our brains with it.

How do you handle the constant blast of information?

Share your thoughts and tips in the comments below.

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