4 Ways to Stop Information Overload For Good

In 2019, American adults are expected to spend on average 3 hours and 35 minutes on mobile devices. WTF!?! Talk about information overload!


We are in an era where our environment is saturated with messages that are coming at us from all digital angles in a way history has never seen before: smartphones, Apple watches, Ipads, zoom, email, texts, television screens, voicemails.

 

Beyond just the struggle to take in this info, we’re expected to process and categorize it to deem what is useful — at a speed that keeps up with the rate in which we encounter the input!


It’s mind-numbing. Literally. The overwhelm is real.

 

One way a daily ritual can help your everyday life is by organizing our thoughts to calm the mind and alleviate stress and anxiety.


If you set yourself up to have a routine you practice on a daily basis you are setting yourself up for success. All you need is 66 days; that’s the average time it takes to turn an action or ritual into a full-fledged habit. Once a habit is formed, we no longer need to “remind” ourselves or think too hard about completing it (like brushing our teeth).

 

Here are 4 habits to declutter your mind and cut down on information overload, so you can get more done, in less time.


4 Ways to Stop Information Overload For Good

1. Create a System for Ideas

According to Gallup Strengths Evaluation, my number #1 strength is: ideation.

This is great in so many ways but it can also be a struggle to truly stay focused when my brain is always making connections. If I’m not careful I’ll easily get off-task of whatever I’m doing.  

Create a system so that you can continue to create and pursue your artistic endeavors, while staying on track.

2. Do a Daily Braindump

Grab a pen and paper or pull up a document on your computer, if that’s your thing.

Any thoughts that come into your head, such as bits of information you don’t want to lose, things that have to get done, basically anything that pops up that might be taking precious space upstairs, write them down. Dump them out of your head and onto the paper.

This will help clear your mind so you can focus on other tasks, and you’ll have a written reminder of the idea when you need it.

3. Do a Daily “tidy-up” 15/20 min

Your immediate surroundings play an important role in your mental health. Make sure you keep your room and workspace clutter-free as much as possible.

This will make your home/work/hangout space that much more enjoyable to be in, and you will spend less time frantically looking for lost items.

4. Get Clear on Your Priorities

Get really clear on your priority list, so it’s never a question of “what should get done first”.

This may take some time initially, as you might think something is a priority but are not 100% sure where it falls on the list. Once you take action, it will be easier to determine and eventually you’ll become a whiz and not need so much brain power!

These four items can lessen the overwhelming effects of modern information overload. They can also help you from overthinking and reduce the need for decision making, which can take some of your daily anxiety away.


Decision fatigue is a real issue for many people; the more energy you can divert from daily decisions, the more energy you can allocate to other areas.


For example, setting priorities means one less thing you have to worry about. If you priority is making your Thursday night yoga class, you aren’t going to debate whether you can take on another commitment Thursday nights. The decision is already made!


Using these four tips gives you the time and energy to be fully present in the world and devoted to your personal goals like: holding space for your clients, being the best partner you can, contributing your unique gifts, learning new skills, etc.


So my question is, what are you going to do with your newfound freedom from information overload?

Mary Sabo