Does this look like you? At any given moment, you could be overwhelmed by an onslaught of information. Here are four ways to shovel through the chaos, clearing a path to mental and emotional freedom.
Start trashing unnecessary information immediately. One of our clients who adopted this practice decided to explore just how much of his Information Avalanche could be trashed. Over a month’s time, it literally amounted to pounds and pounds of recyclable paper items. You’re probably in a similar situation. The first step is recognizing that much of your Information Avalanche is trash. Therefore, the minute it demands your attention . . . trash it.
All other information can fit into one of these three categories. Make sure you create a system for managing each category.
- NOW—Some information may need to be addressed promptly. Be smart about what you consider urgent and immediate.
- REFERENCE—Some information may need to be stored for future reference.
- LATER—A certain percentage of information needs to be read, digested or used at a later date. Schedule out a specific time for this to happen.
Put up boundaries and turn off alerts. Only check your sources of information two to three times a day.
Get really good at discerning what information is your priority. Just because someone else feels a particular email is urgent doesn’t mean it has to carry the same weight on your end. Likewise, the inverse of this could be true. So again, get really good at knowing what is urgent and immediate for you and what is not.
If these tips were useful, consider taking our online Be Focused course. You could be avoiding an Information Avalanche in a smart fashion.
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The Be Focused program is teaching me how to stop and organize my thoughts. Now I can see more clearly what needs to be done and what does not need to be done.– Matthew Landis