Reducing Information Pollution
The focus topics for this year’s events are neuroscience, addiction and information overload.
We are still finalizing details and agenda, and will be publishing more information shortly.
If you wish to give a talk or recommend some one, please send a brief description to Nathan Zeldes email@example.com.
We look forward to your suggestions.
Nathan Zeldes, President IORG
Our search of gathered and stored content in our digital storage devices may be aided by secondary keys; yet the basic architecture is rows and columns unless you have a semantic storage system.
The advent of knowledge graphs (commercially available) can transform your storage taxonomy into a folksonomy–saving time and overload of retrieved contents. Pruning our retrieval hits from external and internal searches should help reduce our information overload.
We tend to focus or prioritize our time on URGENT tasks without necessarily considering the importance of each task.
A variety of individuals have offered suggestions to reduce this bias.
Alice Boyes in a Harvard Business Review article proposed prioritizing tasks in consideration of your longer-term goals or “big picture.”
The Eisenhower Approach provides a 4 quadrant matrix for classifying your tasks.
Martha Beck in the Oprah Magazine adds helpful steps for adopting this process.
Hopefully, a focus on important tasks will reduce the amount of information required to complete your task list.
I however, found one missing element–an unimportant, but urgent task may have a deadline set by your boss that cannot be postponed.
Nonetheless, this proposal is worth your consideration.
As shared last week, FOMO can lead to addictive checking of all your social and work media channels resulting in increased stress and decreased productivity.
Dr. Axe provides a five-step process for decreasing cell phone addiction. Could also be applicable to e-mail inbox addiction.
Real-time messaging certainly has some benefits, e.g., alerts for traffic congestion, a loved one in trouble, a client’s critical complaint.
Human bandwidth, however, is a limited resource. Thus, some combination of message prioritization and behavior modification is needed to regain control of our lives from magnetic FOMO.
IORG’s October 23, 2018 IO Day program will address this FOMO attraction-avoidance dilemma.
Stay tunes for forthcoming announcement details.
The following is an excerpt written by Yury Gubman, Knowmail’s Head of AI, from a recent IORG interview between Emanuele Terenzani (Lele), Yury, and myself about the need to use Artificial Intelligence to solve Information Overload. Read more…
FOMO or Fear of Missing Out has become a national disease that impacts our personal and work lives.
Addiction to frequently checking our e-mail, Twitter, Instagram, etc. accounts singularly or overall diminishes time spent on work tasks and family activities.
Aysel Safarova @ chanty.com has an interesting blog post (3/17) discussing the impact of FOMO on worker productivity.
If you in the FOMO camp, this post may help you.
The relationship of Email upon leaders
Have you ever stopped to think about the impact that Managers’ emails have on the workforce?
Emails sent by senior staff can inspire, engage and motivate.
Recently at Emailogic we had the opportunity to take part in an academic study to have email training tested for its effectiveness on productivity and well-being.
Busy senior service managers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London UK all agreed that email overload was an issue needing attention.
100 of these senior managers attended an email best practice training course.
OVERLOAD – IS IT HARMING US?: BY M.MANN -EMAILOGIC
Is your reliance on email affecting your health?
The US technology consultant Linda Stone has discovered that many of us unconsciously hold our breath, or breathe shallowly while responding to emails – a habit that can compound stress.
This can then add fuel to a host of other symptoms such as asthma, depression and obesity.
Nick Ingram (July 2016) states the known: more signal, less noise.
He also proposes that old information “stands the test of time” is more useful than new information.
Yet isn’t new information more actionable?
This proposal plus reducing social media input certainly could help reduce IO; yet current, relevant inputs should not be disregarded.
His website clearthinking.co does have some interesting and valuable resources to browse.
SAVE THE DATE ! Our annual “Information Overload Day” will be held on October 23, 2018. The focus topics for this year’s events are neuroscience, addiction and information overload. We are still finalizing details and agenda, and will be publishing more information shortly. If you wish to give a talk or recommend some one, please […]News Archive
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