5 Ways to Deal with Information Overload

5 Ways to Deal with Information Overload

By Amanda Bradbury, Shaw Communications Specialist

There’s a plethora of information out there between the internet and new technology. It’s really easy to get sucked into reading articles or blog posts, browsing social media, watching YouTube videos, or clicking through several links when searching for an answer on Google.

There’s simply too much information to keep up with it all and oftentimes individuals, as well as businesses, get overwhelmed and overloaded. Dealing with information overload is a by-product we all have to live with in the new digital age, but it can be made simpler. 

Here’s 5 ways to tune out the noise and gain better focus:

  1. Prioritize the most important tasks you have to do for the week every Monday to keep your focus on those things. Knowing what you want to accomplish by the end of the week puts those items in perspective. Having a to-do list helps people visualize what they’ve done and what is left to do.
  2. Set a schedule and use a timer to focus solely on the work you need to do for a set time then take a break. Master your time by creating time limits when checking email or searching the internet for information, and then take the end of the day to catch-up on any backlog.
  3. Be very selective when choosing blogs and feeds to follow. Set-up alerts on Google for any important things you want to be notified about. Choose the information you take in very wisely. Ask yourself things like “Do I really need to know this?” and “How will this information improve my life/work?” If you don’t see much benefit to the information you’re consuming, skip it and move on. This also means unsubscribing from emails, magazines, and feeds that provide little or no value to you.
  4. Organize your information in folders and use special naming conventions. The better you are at organizing the info you need, the easier it will be to find it when you need it. Easily sort, store, and back-up your information on Google Drive. Use bookmarks or favorites to save helpful sites.
  5. Escape by completely disconnecting from the internet and putting your phone away or turning it off. By doing so, you can fully focus and be in the moment, instead of taking in more information.