Alvin Toffler popularized the term "information overload" in Future Shock in 1970 to denote the rapidly increasing amount of information bombarding everyone (the term appeared in print elsewhere several years earlier). The Information Overload Research Group estimates that 25% of your workday is used on IO. What can you do?
There's no single trick or answer to avoiding the overload of information today. You're bombarded through an ever-growing range of technology. But being overloaded can impede our ability to function optimally. What's more, it can simply wear you down. What can you do? I recognize the paradox that I'm supplying more information as a way to help you reduce IO, but here are some of the articles I've read to help me in my quest to lighten IO:
- Is Information Overload Killing Your Productivity? by Lindsay Broder
- Recovering from Information Overload by Derek Dean and Carolyn Webb
- Understanding Information Overload from Infogineering.net
Let me add to your IO
Despite efforts to minimize IO, it's essential, in my opinion, to keep up with new books that can help you run your business. Here are some new and noteworthy publications that you should consider adding to your business bookshelf:
Inner Voice: Unlock Your Purpose and Passion by Russ Whitney. Hay House, Hardcover, $29.95. The book details the five-year journey that the author took to discover meaning and purpose after he was forced out of his company, saw his real estate empire unraveling, and found his personal relationships falling apart.
Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive by David B. Goldstein and Otto Kroeger. Atria. Paperback, $18.00. Take a simple quiz to determine your personality type (I'm the "organizer" according to the quiz) and then learn to apply tools and techniques to help you apply your creativity and strengths.
Unlimited Sales Success: 12 Simple Steps for Selling More Than You Ever Thought Possible by Brian Tracy, with Michael Tracy. AMACOM, Hardcover, $22.95. The premier sales trainer, along with his son, shares ways in which you can gain more confidence in your sales abilities and derive more satisfaction from your work.
The Manager's Guide to HR: Hiring, Firing, Performance Evaluations, Documentation, Benefits, and Everything Else You Need to Know. 2nd Edition by Max Muller. AMACOM, Hardcover, $24.95. This desktop guide is a handy reference for dealing with employees, including an overview of applicable federal laws as well as information on certain employee training you need to do.