I dropped the mail and booted up my laptop — and found seventeen e-mails in my inbox.
Is information overload real? Absolutely. Though the real danger is the flood of potentially meaningful information we let in.
‘Infobesity’ – the Over-consumption of Information – Could Be Raising the Stress Levels of Almost Half of British Office Workers, Reveals a UK Report.
In our age of information overload, Christians must learn to discern between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and falsity.
Handling the “Not so important things”
Without the ability to discern, we stand impotent in an age of information overload.
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“Your Mind Is for Having Ideas, Not Holding Them”
to accomplish a specific task. Once this load is exhausted, hardly any energy is left to make clear and concise decisions.
Even to live in our Age of Information is hard; to lead in our Age of Information is even harder.
1. Clarify and Organise
2. Appropriate Use
Match the message to the best medium. Recognise when email is not the best method of communicating. Sometimes face-to-face meetings are better than a string of unclear or sensitive emails going back and forth.
3. To: vs. Cc:
Be discerning about your use of To: vs. Cc:. Why? Ever receive an email where it’s unclear who has the action because everyone is in the “To” field?
4. Subject Lines
Use clear subject lines that clearly describe the topic.
5. Reply to All
Resist the urge to simply click reply to all, if not everyone needs to receive your reply. Another tip to avoid the Reply to All cycle is to use the Bcc: field for all recipients, when appropriate. That way only the sender will receive the replies.
6. Response Times
What are you’re agreed upon response times for internal and external communications? If there are none maybe its time to agree on them with your relevant stakeholders.
7. Information Fast
At least one day a week, we must rest from gathering information just as the ancient Israelites rested from gathering wood. We must still our racing minds and rest our information-soaked souls. By so doing, we declare that humans cannot live by information alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
So how can you keep up? Learn what’s important? Filter out what’s not? Grow as a person? Get things done?