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Infobesity: 5 Ways to Prevent Information Overload

Posted on: February 17, 2014

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We all know that there is more and more information available to us than ever before.  The internet, email, and cell phones have enhanced our lives and they have also filled our brains beyond anything expected of them before.  For many, these tools of the information age have an addictive quality that not only stresses their brain, but can limit other areas of their lives, as well.

Whether you feel addicted or are just keeping up with the world, this mass of information coming into your brain can lead to infobesity and impact your life with:

  • Stress
  • Indecision or poor decisions
  • Tiredness or Exhaustion
  • Diminished quality of relationships
  • Lack of participating in the world fully
  • Lower confidence and self-esteem

Fortunately, you do not have to go into the woods and live off grid to reduce the impact information and technology have on your energy and life. These 5 steps will get you off to a good start.

Filter Information Carefully: Focus on what you need to know instead of what catches your interest.  Choose high quality information as your brain is more challenged by inconsistencies and poorly worded material.  Your brain loves simple, direct input.

Single Task:  While many pride themselves in their ability to multi-task, when broken down it is simply shifting between single tasks back and forth again.  Whenever possible, give your brain a break by focusing for longer periods on one item at a time.

Clear Clutter in Your Work Space:  Even though you may not be aware of it, your brain is constantly processing information about your surroundings.  Clearing your space and carefully choosing what is in your line of vision can allow your brain to focus more fully.

Take Breaks:  Breaks are important for both physical and mental energy.  You will come back refreshed and be more effective than you were before you took the time out.

Disconnect: Taking an even more dramatic break from information for an hour, day, or more, can refresh your mind and allow you to bring your information use back into perspective.  These quiet times are excellent opportunities to reconnect with yourself and those around you.  You will feel clearer about your choices and what you really want when you step back into the information world.

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4 Responses to "Infobesity: 5 Ways to Prevent Information Overload"

You have hit on one of the biggest problems I face in these days of information overload. I love to read, research, and share what I learn, but with floods of information I’m definitely in danger of infobesity. My first challenge is to filter what comes at me. I’m learning that no matter how useful the information, it’s not always the right time for me to act on it.

Thanks for these tips on what to do about this crippling condition.

Yes Flora. You are a great resource because of all the information you gather, but I don’t know how you can take it all in…

Such a timely and helpful message, Linda! Thank you for the reminders!! I’m curious if you may have created the term “infobesity”? It’s very catchy : )

I have not heard it before, but it seems so obvious I feel sure others are using it too.

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