Help for Information Overload

Would you say you don’t have enough hours in the day to read all of the information that comes your way? And, do you ever find yourself in situations where you have to wait, like in an airline terminal, doctor’s office, or traffic and all you can think about are the things you could be doing were you not in this spot?  It appears to be a common problem, and I’d like to offer some tips to help in both areas.

Take interesting articles you’ve printed from the web and place them into a special colored folder. You want it to protect the articles and be easily located so you can grab it quickly when you go out the door. Keep it in your car or take it with you when you travel or go to appointments.  Then when you get one of those delays – I mean opportunities — pull out one of the articles to read.

Treat magazines in a similar fashion.  When they arrive, glance through the articles and cut out those that capture your attention, and yes, they go into that same file.

Keep a ziplock bag containing a pen and a highlighter in the folder.  Then, as you read the articles, get TUF with them … that’s T – U – F.

  • T – Reading through the article, you may glean all of the information you want.  If that is enough, then mark the upper right hand corner with a T.  When you get home just throw it out.  
  • U – If you find information that is useful, highlight it and mark the corner with a U.  This means you’ll take some action with the information to use it immediately, pass it on or … 
  • F – Mark it with an F to file it for the future.

Another way to catch up on books is via audio or downloaded to the iPad.  The audio books provide a hands-free way to catch up on your reading traveling travel back and forth to work.  Not only can you enjoy your favorite authors, but you can redeem your time as well.  Zig Ziglar suggests turning your car into Auto University using audio volumes to learn new strategies, languages or whatever you choose.   

I’ve used these tips and hope they’ll also help you.

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