Infobesity is a new term that’s emerged to capture the essence of the phrase “information overload”. Obesity is excessive weight, infobesity is excessive information. Think of it as your head so full of information that you feel more and more anxiety, especially when trying to make a decision, write a paper, or find the best solution. Do you have so many tabs open on your laptop that you’ve forgotten which one has the answer to the problem you’re trying to solve? Are you feeling stress when you look at your inbox? You might be suffering from information overload. Here are 7 tips to manage the content you consume.
#1 Learn to ask better questions.
- Better Google Search Tip- Use the Tools button that appears on the far right when you do a Google search to filter your results. I use the drop down arrow under Any time every day to choose a more recent time frame. Use the Settings button to do an Advanced Search.
#2 Limit your subscriptions.
- You Tube, Instagram, Facebook Groups-How many have you subscribed to? Eliminate the ones that don’t add to your happiness.
#3 Don’t just consume content; use it.
- Take better notes. Summarize. Expand and connect your ideas. Purposefully create content. Apply what you read to improve your life! I’m using Roam Research to collect and connect ideas.
#4 Use the right tools in the right ways.
- Is email always the best tool to communicate at work? What if a quick instant message is all you need? We get an average of 200 emails every single day according to a report in July 2020.
#5 Learn to skim and know what to skip.
- Tim Ferris applies this to learning new skills- he selects the most important pieces, the 20% that will give him 80% of the outcome he wants.
- You need just a precise amount of information to help you to achieve your goals and put your plans into action.
- Everything more than that amount won’t improve your results any further. And if you try to consume too much of it, it will eventually stop you from taking any action altogether.
#6 Have a system for saving info you can read later.
- I’m just beginning to use an app called Instapaper. If I see an article I really want to read but I need to wait until later to read it, one click sends it to this app.
#7 Don’t procrastinate by consuming more information
Those are just a few tips to avoid information overload! What are you doing to manage this in your life?
(Some of these ideas are from this article: https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/how-to-fight-information-overload.html)