Information Overload

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Do you remember when they used to call the internet the “Information Superhighway”?

Now it seems more like trying to drink from a fire hydrant when we are trying to find a few answers. Yes love it or loath it, the internet is a powerful tool. Learning how we can handle just the right amount of information to make an informed decision is a skill that many of us are still struggling with. One of our listeners asked us

“How do you know when you’ve got enough information & how to put into practice. How do you avoid becoming overwhelmed with knowledge?”

So during this podcast Paul and Gina talk through their own experiences with “Analysis Paralysis” and give a few tips and tricks on how to deal with information overload.

Further reading:

The 4 Hour Work Week

The Artists Way

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6 comments
Stephanie Butcher
Stephanie Butcher

Just a little update...... so I de cluttered my macbook, my home and my mind & felt clear and free. But I found myself starting again!!! Downloading more junk, trawling amazon for more books, printing interesting stuff out etc..... BUT I've recognised it and stopped myself..... the true nature of addictions ;)

Stephanie Butcher
Stephanie Butcher

Just a little update...... so I de cluttered my macbook, my home and my mind & felt clear and free. But I found myself starting again!!! Downloading more junk, trawling amazon for more books, printing interesting stuff out etc..... BUT I've recognised it and stopped myself..... the true nature of addictions ;)

Paul
Paul

Hi Stephie, I'm really delighted that you were able to take to content of the show and get some useful tips out of it and put them in to ACTION! :-)

I can really relate to you forgetting what you were looking for, I do that all the time too!

Keep up the great work.

Stephanie Butcher
Stephanie Butcher

Hi Paul and Gina, thankyou very much for the advice!! I've already put a lot of what you mentioned into practice and feel so much better already. It's as though a weight has been lifted. I sat down with a notebook and using my morning pages (which I've now been writing for a few months) I made a list of what was important to me. It was quite a revelation actually as I discovered there were rather a lot of things I've been stressing and beating myself up about that weren't beneficial to me or anyone else!! I've cancelled several newsletters, unsubscribed to emails and am limiting my computer time. I've got so much more spare time now! You are absolutely right about how addictive it all is, and even when you are searching for information that you need there are so many links, you can spend hours clicking away, forgetting what you were looking for in the first place.

Paul
Paul

Hi Stephie.

It great to see that the initial work you did to de-clutter your life has raised your awareness enough to help you spot when you start to drift back to your old ways.

What was it that triggered this temporary return? Have a look at that and see what you can do to ensure it doesn't catch you out again.

Keep up the great work!

Paul
Paul

Hi Stephie.

It great to see that the initial work you did to de-clutter your life has raised your awareness enough to help you spot when you start to drift back to your old ways.

What was it that triggered this temporary return? Have a look at that and see what you can do to ensure it doesn't catch you out again.

Keep up the great work!

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