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Business Analyst @ MGIS Inc.

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My Brain is Full

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Information is abundant and readily available these days. In fact there seems to be so much that I can’t keep up with it, at least everything I want to read or use sometime.

This is the information age and I don’t know about you, but my brain gets filled up fairly quickly.  So I keep saving links to that information, or saving documents, or saving some information about how I can retrieve that information when I need it or get a chance to read it or use it.

I have accounts with the regular information culprits, e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, (there are others) plus email, blogs, digital and print media, and find myself trying to keep on top of the ever increasing information without really understanding the enormity of what I am actually trying to do here.

The fact is I’m not getting to this information in a timely fashion and the amount of information is growing every day. What can anyone do about this situation?

Well, I believe that a different approach to this issue is needed and I propose a much more realistic and focused strategy.

Identify what information is really important or relevant to you and what you want to do with your life. Determine what three top sources for information are available in each of your target information areas and (this is going to be tough here) drop all of the other sources and incoming information distractions.

Take this strategy out for a test spin and if it’s still too much, pare it back even further or revisit and choose other sources.

Too much information is in fact numbing and stressful because you as a human cannot possibly get to deal with this large and growing information available. 

This is tough, but you will realize your human limitations and you will need to accept that you can only do so much with your time in a day. Remember you need some balance, even if it just involves working and sleeping.

When was the last time you asked someone to stop sending you information?  Maybe this is a good time to start?


Business Analyst @ MGIS Inc.

Passionate about making a difference in peoples' lives in both business and personal environments!


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