January 16 2008

Information Overload

information overloadI have often seen people blog about suffering from “information overload”, but I honestly could never understand it.  How could any one ever suffer from TOO much information?  Knowledge is power, and the more knowledge I have, the happier I am.

Or so I thought.

The Internet has put an endless amount of information at our fingertips, and it can be intoxicating to absorb as much of it as possible.  However, like any fine wine, if you consume too much, you find yourself in the bathroom, wrapped around a toilet, cursing not only the person who gave you said wine, the winery, the person who grew the grapes, and the deity of your choice for having given the world said grapes.

I think I am quickly reaching this point.  As I have immersed myself more into the tech blogosphere,  I’ve found my need for information has grown exponentially.  I have numerous sources I must check every day for story leads, see what the competition is up to, check my emails, see what’s been published by the blogs I work on while I slept, etc, I am finding it is taking an hour or more each morning to “get up to speed” when I get going each morning.

The question is: What techniques do you use to absorb as much information as possible in the shortest space of time?  I went over to RSS reading months ago, so that’s done.  I’ve condensed my email addresses as much as I think I can.  So what are your time shaving tips and tricks?

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