Information Overload Dont Let Them Overwhelm You



Information overload: don't let them overwhelm you
It's becoming more and more difficult to​ sift the nuggets of​ true knowledge from the mountains of​ data thrown at​ us from all directions .​
Of course, we do this to​ ourselves to​ a​ certain extent, because in​ this age of​ unlimited access to​ information through the Internet as​ well as​ all the traditional sources, most of​ us try to​ take in​ just too much .​
No wonder we feel overwhelmed.
But if​ you are an​ executive or​ manager, there's one way you can cut down on this data dump: stop the flow you get from your own people in​ the form of​ e-mail messages, memos, reports and presentations.
I'm not suggesting you refuse to​ accept any information from your people, but honestly, haven't you ever received a​ half-inch-thick written report when you only wanted the salient facts or​ the main figures?
Have you ever sat through a​ monthly financial presentation in​ which your people stood in​ front of​ a​ slide covered in​ figures, turned around and read them out, and then --- just in​ case you missed anything --- gave you a​ copy of​ the slide as​ a​ handout? The message of​ these presentations generally is, Here's what the budget said we would do, here's what we actually did, so here's the shortfall or​ surplus .​
Just think of​ all the time this took, both for the people who laboured mightily to​ put it​ together (sweating bullets as​ they did because they dread the presentation to​ much), and also for you to​ listen to​ it .​
And did it​ really help you? Or did it​ simply add more data to​ the dump?
Fixing this universal problem not only saves companies money, but it​ also has the potential to​ cut down on workplace stress at​ all levels .​
But it​ won't fix itself .​
If you don't speak up, you'll listen to​ these presentations and read those long-winded reports every month till the end of​ your career!





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