7 tips to combat information overload

Are you struggling to get things done because there is so much going in your head but with very little output? Our brain can only process so much and we also have a fixed amount of time to get things done. Embracing these 7 tips have helped me over the years. And so without further ado, and Not to add to your info overload, here are our top 7 tips to combat some of the information overload that confronts us on a daily basis: 

 

1.    Spend time unsubscribing to emails/ spam mail Take some time to unsubscribe to those emails that you continue to delete. Unsubscribing will prevent more email (noise) reaching your email.

2.    Manage your notifications. Did you know that in one big swoop you can set all your apps to “no notification” – you can decide to keep important notices like your calendar but grow into the habit of setting only those notification that are critical.  

3.    Filter out Email
Take some time to create some rules around what emails get to your “important” mailbox. Companies also find clever ways to make users opt-in for mail and provide email for future notification. Be sure not to allow auto subscription of content to flood your mailbox. It’s your time. Be vigilant!

4.    Give Communication Instructions and make them stick
Don’t feel obligated to give out your telephone number to all who ask. Always be clear to those with your contact of your best from of contact. Email is always great as you can respond at your convenience. Don’t encourage communication habits by accepting calls from those who you specified email or other forms of communication. Sometimes the easiest way to get away from your priorities is a never – ending, unplanned phone conversation

5.    Block off calendar time off and announce it
Sometimes the best way to get things done is to schedule them. You can always refer people to your calendar (shared) to let them know when you are available. Doing this also allows people to value your time as much as you do.

6.    Cut out time wasters
Do you have a lot of friends calling at the most inconvenient moment, taking you away from your schedule.  such as a gossipy colleague or friend, who needs an ear. While the responsibility of friendship sometimes confines us to oblige a few friends once in a while, we are in control and can decide in an instance “yes” or “no” in each case. Be vigilant and guard your time from those who add no value to your goals.

Embrace your Resting B@itch Face! Now this last one that I have had to embrace. According to Wikipedia, resting bitch face (RBF), is a facial expression which “unintentionally appears as if a person is angry, annoyed, irritated, or contemptuous, particularly when the individual is relaxed, resting or not expressing any emotion”. While the concept does connote a female performer, there are more gender-neutral or opposite gender phrases like such as hostile resting face (HRF), resting murder face, resting dick face (RDF) or resting asshole face has been suggested to apply the term to men. Take a page from those who have mastered this face. It is a wonderful way to keep people at bay while you try to focus on the things that are of priority to you.