Having tons of information at your fingertips is such a wonderful thing – but what happens when you try to learn everything at once? Here are some tips to avoid information overload!
If you’re like me, when you get into something, you jump in 100% learning every little aspect you can about that topic. You want to know the overall, the nitty gritty, the ins and outs completely – it’s like you simply can’t soak in enough information. And if you’re like me, this leads to feeling totally overwhelmed. All of the information builds up in your head before you can even utilize it, making all of the learning you just did moot. Sometimes, it might lead to you giving up because it’s so stressful.
But here’s the thing – I love to learn. With the internet at my fingertips, giving me all of the information I could ever want all at once, learning things is easier than ever. But, like I said, I do have a habit of getting information overload because I keep jumping from one article to the next to the next without stopping. So how do you overcome this hurdle while still learning everything you want or need to?
Today I’m going to share my method for how I learn things while avoiding crazy information overload. This is a really great method especially for bloggers who want to learn more about all of the different aspects, but there is just SO MUCH information out there that it seems impossible!
How to Avoid Information Overload
Make a list. Think of all of the different categories relating to your topic that you hope to gain more knowledge about. For example, when I’m thinking of blogging, there is content, promotion, SEO, monetization, etc. Write it all down in a list so you can see everything at once. If a category has a lot of subtopics and is very broad, try to break it up. For example, if I was looking at blog promotion, I could break it into Pinterest, Facebook, Stumble Upon, etc.
Rate each topic’s importance. Which of these topics is the most important or urgent for you to learn about right this second? Or if it’s not urgent, maybe just which one do you want to learn the most at the moment? Start there, and rate the rest of the topics.
Choose a specific time period. Choose a span of time for which you will focus solely on learning each topic. Personally, I like to do one each month – that way I know that August is the month for learning about Pinterest (or whatever). But any time frame would work, so long as you give yourself ample time to cover teh topic. So keep in mind how much you want/need to know about it as well as how broad your topics are when choosing your
Schedule it out and commit yourself. Are you a planner lover? Assign each time period to a topic and commit to it by writing it down in your planner or on your calendar. If you’re totally digital, ake a note on your phone. Just have a space to remind you when you’ll be focusing on what.
ACTIONABLE TASKS. This is number one. For each completed piece of information you read (post, article, book etc) take notes, but most importantly, if it was a useful piece of information, create an actionable task for yourself if applicable. All of this learning will do NOTHING for you if you don’t have specific ways to utilize the knowledge. It will all continue to swirl in your mind and overwhelm you.
Just a note – know that if something pops up, you obviously can research other things here and there. This is just a guideline to help compulsive researchers like myself DO more without getting stressed out over what is being learned.
So tell me – are you prone to information overload? Do you have a love for learning? Let me know in the comments!
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