10 Quick Tips to Manage Information Overload

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by Dana on January 24, 2015

information-overloadDo you feel like you’re constantly being flooded with more information than your brain can handle? Emails, texts, tweets, wall posts, your news feed, voicemails, snail mail, and instant, private & direct messages…If you’re feeling like it’s all too much, here are 10 quick tips to manage information overload.

1. Realize that you’re not going to be able to answer every message and consume every bit of helpful information available to you. Trust that if the message or information is important enough and you miss it the first time, it will come back around.

2. Get everything out of your head and into one central location. This could be on paper or on an electronic device  — whatever works best for you.

3. Limit the amount of new information you allow into your life. When it doubt, unsubscribe.

4. Turn off your notifications.

5. Begin each day working on your most important project.

6. Focus on one thing at a time — one main project to move your business forward, one task, one book that you’re reading, one training program that you’re working through, one skill that you’re trying to master, one habit you’re trying to build, etc.

7. Get clear on your most important priorities. Then ruthlessly prioritize what you have on your plate.

8. Make decisions more quickly. Don’t let analysis paralysis slow you down. Follow your gut more often.

9. Change your mindset around overwhelm. Listen to the words you use — both outwardly and inwardly. Do you always talk and think about how you’re overwhelmed, constantly distracted, stressed and have too much to do? Change your thoughts and words…and you’ll change your reality.

10. Give yourself some downtime. You don’t always have to be doing, doing, doing and absorbing new information. Sometimes you just have to take a break from it all and just LIVE.

Do you have any additional tips for managing information overload? Feel free to share in the comments below…