A recent report, commissioned by Hitachi Data Systems, found 40 per cent of companies in Australia and New Zealand are suffering from the information glut, up from 34 per cent two years ago.
We can’t cope with it, yet we can’t live without it. Information, the stuff we’re supposed to use to enhance our lives is a silent swell, ready to engulf us when we least can handle it. Whether at work or on campus, if we fail to control it, sooner or later it will control us. Take charge before its too late.
In early 2007, at the suggestion of my M.D., I took a course in Buteyko breathing and incorporated it into my morning routine. I would get up, take a walk, do twenty minutes of Buteyko, then, sit down at my computer to work.
Day one: Within the first few minutes of sitting down at my computer, I noticed I was holding my breath – a huge contrast to the breathing exercises I was doing only moments before.
Day two: Within the first few minutes of sitting down at my computer, I noticed I was holding my breath.
Philipp Lenssen recently had a good post on tips on information overload by various people. It got me thinking about the various tips and tricks I’ve imbibed in the recent past and which work reasonably well for me. So I tried to collate them into one place.
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Information, the very thing that makes it possible to be an engineer, a doctor, a lawyer, or any other kind of modern information worker, is threatening our ability to do our work. How’s that for irony? The global economy may run on countless streams, waves, and pools of information, but unrestrained, that tidal wave of data is drowning us. It washes away our productivity and creativity, swamps our social lives, and can even shipwreck our relationships.
It’s that topic again. And no apologies are offered for checking the latest wisdom about the ever-increasing problem of email overload.
My own reflections on it in this column have dealt with the pressure of 24/7 access, the inefficient time-management that goes with it, and how to deal with vexatious abuses of the system. But these only scratch the surface of the problem.