Information Overload is a disease. Worse, it’s a silent one. It can strike anyone at any time, and once its there it’s difficult to detect. It affects students, Bloggers, 9-5-ers, rich, poor, old, young; everyone.
How to spot your information crash and burn:
Here are a few of the ways you can tell you’re headed somewhere unpleasant and full of boredom. There may be more. Feel free to add some you’ve felt in the comments below and I’ll edit them in here.
– Thinking about checking your email/RSS/research makes you feel tired
– You skim or skip over information sources more often than you read them
– You no longer care about the best way to complete a task
– Social Networking Sites seem torturous and trivial (!)
– Work instills a desire to run away and/or sleep
– Energy skipped town
– Inspiration jumped out of the nearest window when it saw you coming
- Remove all subscriptions
- Take a day away from all responsibilities (if possible)
- Play videogames or treat yourself to something you ‘never have time for’
- Resist urge to re-add all responsibilities and subscriptions
- Repeat as required
Maybe it seems a bit outlandish and draconian, but I swear it will work. If not you can sue me. Or, rather, you could if I had money and if this wasn’t an entirely advice-based blog. Let me know how you get on!
It’s not you, it’s me
I’ve had enough of having so many information streams coming at me from all sides and suffocating the passion out of everything I do. Thank you. By the end of today I’ll probably have removed almost all of my subscriptions, and over the next month or so I’ll be avoiding adding most of them back again. This doesn’t mean I hate you as people, this just means I’m not gaining any value from your blog/forum/newsletter at this exact moment in time.
As an extension of that, I won’t be tweeting things for the sake of tweeting them any more either (or sharing in general for that matter); this should mean that when I do tweet something it’ll be useful and interesting.
Let’s fight the addiction together and make the internet the place it should be!