7 helpful tips on how to deal with information overload

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What is information overload?

Information overload (also known as infobesity or infoxication) is a term used to describe the difficulty of understanding an issue and effectively making decisions when one has too much information about that issue.Wikipedia

With the above definition, an excerpt from Wikipedia’s article on information overload, you will have gotten an insight on what the term is all about know what you are experiencing or have experienced in the past.

Information overload can be a major problem for anyone. It can make it difficult to focus on any one task, and it can lead to feelings of anxiety and stress.

What causes information overload?

Information overload is caused by a variety of factors, including the ever-growing amount of information available online and in the workplace, increased work demands, and our constantly evolving digital world. Here are some of the most common causes of information overload:

The expanding amount of online content

With so many different sources of information available online, it can be hard to determine which sources are reliable and trustworthy. It’s important to stick to reputable sources of information, especially if you plan on using that information in your professional activities.

Increased work demands

Today’s professionals are expected to do more with less time than ever before. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your work responsibilities, it may be due to increased demands from your boss or clients.

Take some time off to relax and rejuvenate yourself, and you’ll be better prepared to tackle the new challenges ahead.

The ever-changing digital world

The digital world is constantly evolving, which can cause a lot of stress if you’re not up-to-date on new developments.

Make use of helpful tools like Google Search and Google Sheets to help you find the information you need quickly and easily.

Avoid keeping up with trends and developments that you do not need. You don’t have to be up-to-date on all the latest trends.

How to avoid with information overload

Information overload can be reduced by developing a system for sorting and reviewing the kind of information you take in.

Here are a few ways to deal with information overload:

Set boundaries

Create boundaries for yourself and stick to them. Establish specific times during the day or week when you are allowed to check your email, and stick to them. This will help you to focus on what is important and protect your time.

Get organized

If you find that you can’t keep track of all the information, get organized. Create folders on your computer for each subject, and label them with specific keywords. This will help you to find information more easily.

Filter information

When you find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of information, try to filter it.

Ask yourself: is this important, relevant and worth my time? If the answer is no, delete it.

Set priorities

Make sure that you set priorities for your time and energy.

It is important to prioritize your goals and objectives, and to focus on the most important tasks first. This will help you to deal with the information overload challenges head-on.

Choose manageable tasks

Instead of trying to complete too many tasks at once, break them down into smaller, more manageable goals. This will help you stay focused and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Set deadlines

Set deadlines for yourself and stick to them no matter how busy or overwhelmed you feel. Setting a deadline will help you stay on track and move forward with your priorities.

Take breaks

If you find that you can’t focus on your work because of the information overload, take a break.

Step away from your computer and take a walk, read a book or watch a movie. When you come back, you will be refreshed and ready to tackle the information again.

Conclusion

By following these tips, you can manage information overload and stay on top of the latest changes happening in the world. What strategies do you use to deal with information overload? Let us know in the comments below.

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4 Comments

  • Hey, Onome! You should pay me for all the times I checked on your blog while you were away. ?

    Just kidding. Welcome back, you were missed
    ?

    Right, your questions. I can very well relate that sharing my experience with you might drag on till forever. I’ll just share how I dealt with it. Like you, I, too, was a “Tab Lord”. It happens to me offline too, like when I want to look up a word in the dictionary and I find myself wandering off to another word (the painful thing is that I often forget the original word I’d wanted to look up.)
    As for looking up stuff on the net, what I do is sketch a to-do list, or a checklist of everything I want to do everyday. I always have my checklist beside me when I surf the net, so when I see another content that’s really really juicy but totes unrelated to the information I’m seeking, I just saved it for offline viewing and continue with my research.
    Insightful post! It’s nice to have you back, Onome.

  • This happened to me at a point looking for informations concerning blogging. I got a whole lot of informations, lots of answered questions from bloggers and yet find it hard making some decisions. Sometimes I got confused on things I already know in course of looking for more informations. It’s been a while here Miss Blogtroverted. You welcome back.

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