I’m always surprised when people claim that they don’t have information overload. With so much information available, it would be difficult to resist the temptation to consume more and more of it.
The key is to manage the flow of information in your life. You can’t do anything without information. The key is to manage the flow.
What are the sources of information?
The first step in managing and reducing information overload would be to clearly identify the sources of information. It could be your cellphone, your TV, or your RSS feeds — knowing how you start and how you consume information every day.
What is your top priority?
After you’ve identified the sources, you must determine your priorities. As a result, you can determine which sources can be eliminated and which must be used on a daily basis.
Most of you would agree that email is a major source of information overload. As a result, keeping it in check is essential. How? Take a look at our email management advice.
Control RSS Feeds
RSS feeds are next on the list. RSS is, in my opinion, one of the best inventions of the last decade. Reading RSS news feeds has made it much easier to consume information on the internet. From a single interface, you can read content from hundreds of blogs and websites. There is no need to visit them separately.
Without a doubt, RSS is extremely useful. However, once you get into the habit of reading feeds, it can become quite addictive. You keep checking the feeds one by one, visiting sites, sharing articles, and, of course, losing track of time.
Finally, if you are serious about taming the beast known as information, you should disconnect frequently from its sources, whether they are computers, PCs, mobile phones, iPods, or other similar devices.