How not to drown in the sea of ​​news

In pursuit of productivity, we drive ourselves into a trap - it seems to us that we know a lot, in fact, we know only a little bit. In addition, the excess of news and sources adversely affects the quality of work and personal life.

Paralysis of the solution. You collect information to decide where to go on vacation, which car to choose, where to mark an important date, but there is too much information. A large choice, conflicting opinions and data complicate the choice. You are lost, unable to make the right decision.

A drop in productivity. The consumption of information creates the illusion of productivity. We read how to run properly, and feel like experienced runners. In fact, we are stuck at the stage of data collection and analysis, instead of implementing them. The more information we consume, the less chance of applying it in practice.

Decreased concentration. The excess of news is connected with multitasking. We open several programs on the computer and several tabs in the browser. We constantly interrupt the main work to answer the call, write a letter or check the news on social networks.It becomes hard for us to concentrate on the main task, and we spend more time on its implementation.

"People who make fifteen-minute breaks in work are more effective than those who do not rest"

We unload the head

How not to become a victim of the information tsunami? Psychologists, neuroscientists and experts in self-organization say that there are four ways to solve the problem.

Self-control. Optimal means. Define the goals for the near future, and filter the information according to them. Minimize reading articles and viewing videos that are not relevant to the main tasks. Sort the current information too: focus on knowledge that can be immediately applied, the rest - skip. Set the time limit for information search.

Organization of the working day. Record the current plans for the day. This will help to clear short-term memory and concentrate on the priority task. Do the same things - short phone calls or preparation of accounts - in lots. Emails are also better divided by relevance and checked several times a day at a certain time.Disable alerts in social networks and instant messengers.

Technical assistance. In information overload, modern technologies are guilty. However, they also help to tame the flow of data - some of their functions and applications help to filter out unnecessary. This includes the functions of prioritizing and automatic sorting of emails in e-mail, programs that limit time on the Internet or on certain sites, browser extensions that allow you to browse Internet pages without advertising and additional materials.

Planning a holiday. Do not forget to rest. A break, daytime sleep or a short walk is not a waste of time. People who make fifteen-minute breaks in work are more effective than those who do not rest.

1 D. Levitin "The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload" (Dutton, 2015).
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