There are many lessons to be learned when you are just getting started with IM, and one of them is finally realizing that too much time devoted to information is a business killer.
It is very easy to not immediately realize you are suffering from information overload which means your business is suffering, too. The following article talks about how you can manage your information effectively and avoid the overload.
It is a fact that you will perform better if you are in the suitable frame of mind to review new information.
That is one of the routes to aggravating the feelings of being overwhelmed. It is very difficult to focus and see with clarity when you are reading at sub-optimal levels. That is why it is always suggested that you just put things aside until you are more aligned with the information you need to study. Obviously it will help tremendously if you can become highly organized in your daily affairs. One very revealing exercise is to just pay attention to daily behavior and take note of where you waste time with information. You can save a ton of time and focus on the priorities when you get organized. Take a serious and close look at RSS feeds from your sites of choice, and then simply convert them in your reader and quickly read.
There are many different tools out there that can help you measure how you’re using your time and know where you’re spending it the most. It is hard to beat solid feedback, and when you can clearly see how you are spending time and on what, then you will know for sure. Goals – you do need them, and this is not about self-improvement or anything like that. Lack of clarity will drive you nuts if you don’t know what you want to do; before you open your browser, try to establish what kind of information you want to go through. So measuring the time that you put into going through various piece of information and knowing your goals will help you immensely. It is easy to just ignore information overload and maintain the status quo, but that is really not the hallmark of successful business practice. If there’s one thing that you need to keep in mind at all times when managing your information is that the real benefit lies in going after quality rather than aiming for quantity. At first it may seem overwhelming to do this, but just create a strategy and weekly and daily goals.