Information Overload

What If You Could Manage Information Overload?

Resource Author:  Kate Becker
Resource Date:  2018-11-27
Resource Name:  Boston U College of Engineering site
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

News item describes a boundary-breaking collaboration, funded at $1M for 4 years by the National Science Foundation, between Boston University researchers from diverse departments. The collaboration will look at advanced technology to get a handle on media overload.

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Tech will do for information overload what it did for mindfulness

Resource Author:  Manoush Zomorodi
Resource Date:  2018-12-03
Resource Name:  NiemanLab
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Quote: While there are a handful of very good digital reading tools (Pocket, Flipboard, Kindle), the next wave of products will be built to deliver a better news consumption experiences.

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How to Stay Productive During the Holiday Season

Resource Author:  Michael Einstein
Resource Date:  2018-11-18
Resource Name:  Email Overload Solutions
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Whenever there’s a holiday, no matter where it falls during the year and the work week, you know one thing’s for sure: Productivity is going to drop.

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Information Overload vs Decision Overload

Resource Author:  Michael Einstein
Resource Date:  08/24/2016
Resource Name:  Email Overload Solutions
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Information Overload is a common topic of discussions in the press and literature. It is also the subject of research, tools, and techniques. But there is also an important but related problem: Decision Overload.
Information Overload occurs when the information available exceeds the processing abilities of the individual or can be processed in the time available.

By contrast, Decision Overload occurs when the vast amount of available information makes it difficult to decide upon the correct course of action(s).

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How info-starved were our ancestors?

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  02/14/2010
Resource Name:  Nathan Zeldes's blog
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

“A weekday issue of the New York Times contains more information than the average person was likely to come across in an entire lifetime in the seventeenth century.”

Variants of this statement (give or take a couple of centuries) are commonly seen when reading about Information Overload. Of course I agree that there’s more information available today than back in centuries past, but this particular statement always seemed suspicious to me. Is it true? And what if it is?

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Information Overload Is Crushing You. Here are 11 Secrets That Will Help.

Resource Author:  Andrew McDermott
Resource Date:  10/30/2017
Resource Name:  Workzone
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Very noteworthy article from Andrew McDermott regarding ways to overcome overload. Great suggestions and guidance that can really make a difference.

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Collaborative Overload

Resource Author:  Rob Cross
Resource Date:  07/01/2016
Resource Name:  stand alone
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Rob Cross offers a good description of collaborative overload (ref link included) and a diagnostic test.

During the 1990’s, organizations shifted from a functional-centric structure to a business process-centric structure. After completing difficult change management actions, benefits were harvested, e.g., reduced cycle time, decreased rework and improved customer satisfaction. Information overload can occur from individual actions during and outside of work as well as team activities. The cited references describe some root causes of collaboration overload and suggests remedies. The benefits from a business process-centric structure can be reduced by collaboration overload. It’s worth reading these materials to achieve your expectations from collaboration benefits. Marty B #IORGforum

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Task errors by emergency physicians are associated with interruptions, multitasking, fatigue and working memory capacity: a prospective, direct observation study

Resource Author:  Johanna I Westbrook, Magdalena Z Raban, Scott R Walter, Heather Douglas
Resource Date:  01/20/2018
Resource Name:  BMJ Journals
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Interruptions, multitasking and poor sleep were associated with significantly increased rates of prescribing errors among emergency physicians. WMC mitigated the negative influence of these factors to an extent. These results confirm experimental findings in other fields and raise questions about the acceptability of the high rates of multitasking and interruption in clinical environments.

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Information Overload Exhausting Americans

Resource Author:  Sintia Radu
Resource Date:  01/30/2018
Resource Name:  US News web site
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Yet despite such optimistic views, trust in the media is still low (at 27 percent for newspapers according to the report) and new research that surveyed 19,000 American adults age 18 and older shows that people struggle with navigating through the abundance of information.

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Productivity 2018 gut check – our employers won’t solve this problem. It’s on us.

Resource Author:  Jon Reed
Resource Date:  01/12/2018
Resource Name:  Diginomica web site
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Overloaded inboxes can wait – it’s time for my productivity gut check for 2018. Here’s why we shouldn’t wait for our employers to seize the day, and why the digital skills gap factors in.

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