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Monday, September 08, 2008

better* article on info overload

Here is another article on information overload from Sarah Houghton-Jan, author of the fine library blog LibrarianInBlack:

"Being Wired or Being Tired: 10 Ways to Cope with Information Overload."

from the online journal Ariadne.

*"better" for me because I am a librarian and so is the author

An extended excerpt from "4. Interruptive Technology Overload Techniques":

Use Interruptive Technology When Appropriate
IM, pages, and text messages are useful for short and immediate-need conversations, not for lengthy interactions or those with key emotional content. Moreover, do not use interruptive technology when you do not want a potential permanent record of your conversation.

Check When You Want to
Do not feel pressured to check your messages constantly. Set aside certain times of the day when you will check your messages. Post these times as events on your calendar, with a reminder, if that will help you stick to the schedule.

Do Not Interrupt Yourself
Do not interrupt one type of information inwards (like a meeting, conference call, or phone call) with one of these interruptive technologies. Give your attention to the task at hand and deal with other interactions later.

Yeehaw! She makes too much sense, no?


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