How To Be Smarter In The Age Of Information Overload

How To Be Smarter In The Age Of Information Overload


The information overload stems from the development in communications, internet and social media. We may fall victims to that and our attention scope goes shallow, fragmented, cluttered. Have you experienced dealing with a complex task and being constantly interrupted by colleagues, various notifications, phone calls? Check out these tips and learn how to manage the information overload.

  1. Keep the Bigger Picture in Mind. Stick to a top down thought process. Stay focused on the main objectives. Look at the bigger picture and don’t be lost into details. A simple practice would be to write top 5 things to focus on for the day.

  2. Pick Out the Best Bits. There is no need to put 100% effort in each and every detail. Most of the time we are overloaded processing information to get what we need. The figure is similar to that:  97% of the information needs to be processed in order to get the 3% information we need. Constantly ask yourself – what do you want to get out of the information source? What is the best way to stay focused?
  3. Stay Objective. Selective reading is prone to be too much subjective. This could cause missing out important details. Be open minded and don’t leave out important information that is beyond your grasp. Learn to seek out new points of view.
  4. Meditate. There is an underlying misconception about meditation. Today we are all result-driven and expect to get something out of everything we do. Meditation doesn’t give instant results. Except a really important one – you recover and become more efficient at what you do. The purpose of meditation is to find silence and peace between your thoughts. This aids a greater level of concentration when you work.
  5. Don’t Multitask. Task switching takes about 25 minutes for the average person to refocus or get back into the flow after distraction. Multitasking on a regular basis downgrades performance and could damage your brain. Learn to isolate when focusing on important tasks. You can pay attention to the smaller details after your primary tasks are done.

Source: http://www.lifehack.org/412219/how-to-be-smarter-in-the-age-of-information-overload