Information Overload is the excessive consumption of data by an individual aiming to achieve an objective. Data is all around us, constantly available. Some of the popular (and unavoidable) sources of information include billboards, mails, receipts, emails, and even random conversation. Webbing through information overload could cause exhaustion, anxiety due to decision making and reduce a blogger’s capability to deliver their best.
This mind-boggling mess is caused by.
Bloggers tend to have tight deadlines with little to no time to improve their writing skills. Sometimes instantaneous decisions are required, with loads of information to analyze and process.
Interruptions such as email and text alerts tend to throw people off their game. You may not have a lot of information to process, and you probably are not under the same tight time constraints, but it is very hard to focus because you are constantly being interrupted.
Poor quality Information.
It is possible to have all the required information but mixed up between email spams, apps, webpages, and other hosts of other places. It becomes cognitively overwhelming to organize and piece together this data.
Having irrelevant and redundant information impairs your brain to handle it effectively.
Too much Information
This mostly applies to Too Much Online Information (TMOI). It is when there is an overload of data that cannot be effectively processed to produce the necessary information.
Bloggers experience this when working on data extensive projects and reports. Such instances require thorough research through binders of information, multiple Web pages, endless case files, and tons of email messages.
Information you sell as a blogger must be concise, clear, and simple to understand.
Here is how to weave through Information Overload.
Clarity – Bloggers must understand their message before they communicate to and persuade their readers. To avoid transferring information overload to the readers, get to the point with every sentence. It is all about delivery.
Plan and Outline – Take time to write your content aside before typing. Generate relevant ideas by having a message outline and smooth flow of words Drafts are important in eliminating information overload.
Prioritize – Focus and Concentrate on high-priority projects. Set time aside for heavy-weight articles that require maximum concentration. Research shows that late morning hours are the peak of human concentration and effectiveness.
Disable alerts – This helps in controlling unnecessary distractions. The amount of time needed to recover from interruptions is often far greater than the time of the actual interruption. Set alarms to check on important notifications such as emails and skype calls.
Regulate information channels – Try to focus on one tool for each task. For example, if you share documents, try to standardize on one product, like Dropbox, Box, G Suite ,or OneDrive. This helps with reducing TMOI.
Set daily objectives – It is as simple as having a checklist of tasks to complete by the end of the day. Write and complete them in order of priority. Your goals must have a reasonable time limit, according to their demand.