How to avoid information overload

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What you don’t know can hurt you, right? But what if knowing too much can hurt you even more?

This hit me in the face yesterday. I was prepping for my radio show and I had printed out over 150 pages of news stories to read and arrange before I went on the air.

I knew there was no way I could hit all the stories in my show, but I didn’t want to miss anything. I wanted to know everything – just in case.

But then I reminded myself of something I have to keep relearning. My show is better when I focus my time on the best 6-10 stories. That gives me time to read them from several different sources, come up with unique angles, and add humor to the mix.

Can you relate this idea to something in your life?

We live in a world of information overload in our work and personal lives. Much of it is depressing and self defeating.

When do we get time to think about what we’ve learned? When do we get time to be still?

When do we get time to focus on our families, friends, and God?

What can you do to stop the information overload in your life and focus on the information that makes your life better?

“With so much information now online, it is exceptionally easy to simply dive in and drown.” 

–Alfred Glossbrenner

Action Steps:

  1. Prioritize the information that will most benefit you (physically, mentally and emotionally) and determine the best way for you to receive it.
  2. Set limits on how much information you’re going to consume in one day. It could be how many minutes you are going to spend online, watching the news, reading books, listening to podcasts, etc.
  3. Schedule time each day to think about the information you’ve consumed. How can you use it?
  4. Schedule time each day to pray, meditate, or just let your mind drift. You’ll be surprised what happens when you do.

Let’s GO!

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