Monday, 1 June 2015

“If Information is Food, Information Overload is Poison” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

People often find it difficult to differentiate between information and knowledge. Internet is inundated with lots of information which is difficult for people to process. It becomes information overload when people cannot process and digest the information. In fact, the advent of digital information and communication technologies is both a boon and bane. It is boon if information is in healthy proportions. In contrast, it is bane if information is dumped excessively. Information is food, if it is available in adequate proportions; and it becomes poison when it is overloaded. Hence, it has become a big challenge for experts to choose the right information to convert it into knowledge.  

Everybody says that information is the key to decision-making. When people get excessive information it kills creativity and delays decision making skills. Here are some tools and techniques to overcome information overload:
  • Prepare a to-do list and strike off the ones you have executed. Include new tasks. Do it regularly.
  • Don’t do too many tasks at a time as it decreases your productivity and performance and increases errors in decision-making.
  • Find out your biological clock and leverage it fully to execute tough tasks. Usually it is ideal to do tough tasks in the morning as the attention span decreases as the day passes.
  • Take breaks periodically. If possible, take nap during the day to recharge yourself.
  • Delegate the routine tasks to your subordinates to enable you to focus on much bigger challenges. It helps your subordinates grow as leaders and helps you manage your time.
  • Don’t sit with computer for long hours as it decreases your attention span. Take break periodically to reset your button.

Brian Solis once remarked, “Information overload is a symptom of our desire to not focus on what's important. It is a choice.”  Remember, information is gain and information overload is paid. If information is food, information overload is poison. Hence, accept information wisely to digest and convert it into knowledge to make right decisions.

“People today are in danger of drowning in information; but, because they have been taught that information is useful, they are more willing to drown than they need be. If they could handle information, they would not have to drown at all.”― Idries Shah, Reflections

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