We are constantly bombarded with information! It comes from the newspaper, the TV, the radio, the mail, the internet, other people, the list goes on! It's difficult to keep the information organized and it's also difficult to keep up on all of the information... Especially if you are afraid you may miss something! I am sure some of you know exactly what I am talking about. You don't want to recycle the magazine or newspaper just yet, because you never know!
But what happens when this thinking turns into piles of magazines, newspapers, and mass email? Information overload and backlog of reading material!
I was recently reading, ADD-Friendly Ways To Organize Your Life, by Judith Kolberg & Kathleen Nadeau. This is a great resource for folks with ADHD! One of the suggestions they go over in the book is to go on an Information Diet! I love it!
What is an Information Diet?
The diet consists of you reducing the amount of incoming reading material.
- Cancel your daily newspaper
- Cancel redundant magazines, do you really need Time and Newsweek? I would go further and ask yourself what magazines do you really care about vs. what did you get because it was a good deal, or you don't read anyway!
- Drop yourself from newsletters and email list serves
- Be selective and not reactive
In addition to the above suggestions, I would suggest you take on this diet at least until you are caught up with your "information" backlog. Really evaluate what you need and want in your life.
I know it's hard to do, but look at what you gain... Your space, your time, and less stress about when you are going to get to it!
Until Next Time...