Information Overload

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Can Storage Architecture Mimic your Mental Folksonomy?

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.

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Focus on Important, Not Urgent Tasks to Reduce IO

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.

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Potential Guidance for Reducing FOMO–>IO

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.

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Artificial Intelligence & Information Overload

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.

The interview can be viewed below in its entirety, while the excerpt provides a few additional notes not available in the video.

To learn more about the problem of Information Overload, best practices, and solutions, please visit IORG’s blog, resource center, and Youtube channel for interviews and more.

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FOMO=DIY IO

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.

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Overload from the leaders?

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.

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Overloading our health?

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.

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Is Less Information More?

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.

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Interesting Remedy for Mayo Clinic EHR Information Overload

After conducting 1500 interviews with clinicians, a complex rules set was developed to filter out “meaningless data” and create visualizations to focus attention on critical information elements.

This is an amazing remedy for abundant clinical information communicated real-time for patient care.

Worth your quick read: How the Mayo Clinic is combating information overload in critical care units

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Better Mental Organization May Reduce Information Overload

Daniel Levitan’s book: The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload (Dutton/Penguin 2014) describes in Chapters 2 & 3 how the mental processes for encoding, organizing and retrieving accepted information can increase or decrease your cognitive load for information processing.

The content is more than replacing a formal taxonomy with your personal folksonomy.

Fascinating read.

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