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Who’s in Charge?

When we think about information overload, we quickly go to our inbox as a major source of mental clutter and stress. Not only is the number of e-mails in our inbox a source of pressure, but also the feeling that this pressure is caused externally by others: someone, somewhere sent us something that we now need to deal with. These […]

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Mindful or Mind Full ?

More so than usual as we exit 2020 and enter the new year most of us are looking forward to letting go and leaving behind anything that no longer serves our purpose. This may include physical stuff that we clean out of closets and drawers, digital information overload, and the clutter of thoughts stored in our mind. Clutter drains our […]

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Music – An Antidote for Information Overload ?

I recently completed the Berklee College “Music for Wellness” course on Coursera.  I learned how music can impact your mood, health and well- being. When we listen to music that we enjoy, we impact the brain in a positive way by releasing feel-good neurochemicals like serotonin and dopamine.  Relaxing music can impact the parasympathetic nervous system and allow us to […]

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Dealing with a deluge of email

Resource Author:  Teri Saylor
Resource Date:  2020-09-12
Resource Name:  Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

After spending the last few days managing a massive volume of email, I decided to look online for some practical tips that can be practiced to be more efficient and effective in preventing email overload.
The attached article recently published in the AICPA online news provides several practical tips such as:
• Adopt an email folder system to organize your emails
• Use filters to automatically file or better yet delete unwanted emails
• Don’t use emails for conversation, try good old telephone or in person conversations
• Don’t allow emails to interrupt workflow or other planned activities
• Avoid “reply to all” when really not required
• Don’t skim and skip to come back later, handle once
• Think before you send, is the email important? would you want to receive it?
Read the full article and helpful insights when dealing with a deluge of email

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A Theoretical Conversation about Responses to Information Overload

Resource Author:  Amanda Lehman and Sophie Jo Miller
Resource Date:  2020-07-28
Resource Name:  MDPI
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

In this study, information overload is viewed through the lenses of Library & Information
Science and Communication Theory in order to oer recommended solutions for individuals
experiencing overload. The purpose of this research was to apply LIS and COMM theories to the
pathologies and symptoms of information overload as experienced by individuals in an increasingly
digital world. Extant survey work was reviewed and updated with literature collected through
limited keyword searches.

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Avoiding Information Overload to Cope with Stress and Anxiety During a Pandemic

Resource Author:  Russ Barton
Resource Date:  2020-07-20
Resource Name:  Ask the Scientists blog
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

COVID-19—the disease caused by the novel coronavirus—and the information overload it has caused, has increased worldwide levels of stress and anxiety. This article reviews the problem and what people can do about it.

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IORG  has done a tremendous job to raise awareness as well as provide well researched, practical resources to address the complex issues of information overload.  They were way ahead of the game and continue to lead in this arena.

Anne McGhee-Stinson Managing Partner & Director of Practice, Effective Edge

IORG’s work is extremely relevant and impactful in an age when people regularly suffer from information overload. I regularly use their work to get the latest high-level thinking on information overload.

Dr. Lawrence Ampofo Director & Founder, Digital Mindfulness

The costs associated with information overload are too high for this problem to be seen merely as an academic rhetoric… IORG helps us to not forget that this is a problem we face every day, despite the fact that it often goes unnoticed. In that sense, IORG was, for me, a “canary in the coal mine”, an advance indicator showing the imminence of a dangerous problem.

Rui Silva Founder - 2BePro

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