I’m bombarded by so much information I’ve worked out ways of filtering what I need to know. Here’s how.
I agree. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by what I think I need to read and learn.
So in order to cope I have developed some systems to reduce the burden of information overload:
Here’s my strategy:
- I go to talks only given by people who have succeeded in business or are clearly in the process of doing so!
- I read information that has been recommended by a trusted source.
- I like executive summaries that simply take the central points of the article/book.
- I use Google to identify information/answers quickly.
- I ask people who I believe may have the answers.
- I attend functions where I can meet value-adding people and pinpoint those I wish to learn from.
- I delete all emails that have no value-add. I must admit sometimes I need humorous ones, so they may at times get through the net!
- I admit it if I don’t know something (it’s impossible to know everything!) but there is always someone who does know the answer.
- I am prepared to ask successful people how they got there!
- I file by subject any information that I think is helpful and delete the rest.
- I take notes of anything that I hear that is valuable!
I also know there is often more than one way to get to where you want to go in life and business … and often the most successful way is the least conventional!
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