Dealing with information Overload

From a personal standpoint, you need to determine if you are allowing or encouraging unnecessary information to complicate your life. From a technological standpoint, you need to master some simple tools that can keep unneeded information at bay, so you can focus on what’s important.

* Set priorities for the information you seek and use.  Make a seperation between work, personal, and entertainment information and prioritize them.

* Set time limits and stick to them. Checking your email constantly throughout the day can develop into a type of nervous habit. Set aside certain time periods for this.

* Be Selective. It’s a big world with lots of information, you can never know it all so decide what’s important to you.

* Share only things that need to be shared. Forwading emails around just for fun might not be fun for somebody on the receiving end.

* Don’t use email, text, MMS, Instand Messenger as a substitute for personal communication. Sometimes it takes less time and energy to just call somebody instead on type a message.

* Delete what you don’t need. Don’t keep around messages that you won’t refer to or don’t need to reply to.

* Use email filters and folders. Seperate your business and personal emails and organize them. 

Source: Core Concepts in Health. The McGraw-Hill Companies.

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