By Jonathan Spira
Information Overload causes people to lose their ability to manage thoughts and ideas, contemplate, and even reason and think. It has resulted in work days that never seem to end, completely destroying work/life balance.
Information Overload Day 2016 takes place on October 18th, and is a good time to take action to reduce the impact of Information Overload on your work and life. Simply follow these five rules and share them with your coworkers and you’ll find a marked change in your own personal overload situation!
- I will not e-mail someone and then two seconds later follow up with an IM or phone call.
- I will refrain from combining multiple themes and requests in a single e-mail.
- I will make sure the subject of my e-mail clearly reflects both the topic and urgency of the missive.
- I will read my own e-mails before sending them to make sure they are comprehensible to others.
- I will not overburden colleagues with unnecessary e-mail, especially one word replies such as “Thanks!” or “Great!”, and will use “reply to all” only when absolutely necessary.
Don’t let Information Overload strangle your organization’s productivity. 94% of those we surveyed have at some point felt overwhelmed by information to the point of incapacitation. Just remember, for every 100 people who are unnecessarily copied on an e-mail, eight hours are lost!
Happy Information Overload Day!
Tips and statistics adapted from Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous To Your Organization.