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It’s All Too Much: 3 Keys to Overcoming Information Overload (TPS161)

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As the amount of information increases exponentially, it’s easy to find yourself being completely overwhelmed or succumbing to the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). You need a plan for dealing with it, and in this episode Brooks and Mike talk about the problem of information overload and more importantly what you can actually do about it.

If you’ve ever felt like you’re being forced to drink from the information firehose or felt stressed from not being able to keep track of everything, then this episode is for you. We discuss the root causes of information overload so you know what to look for and share practical tips for establishing a system you can trust to regain a sense of control.

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Cheat Sheet

  • The contributing factors to the abundance of information in the world today [1:39]
  • How to deal with the root causes FOMO and FOBO [4:16]
  • A look back to the good ‘ol days when there was less information to keep track of online (it wasn’t that long ago) [9:51]
  • Why it is so important to accept that you can’t know everything [11:36]
  • Why the things you already know are much more valuable than the information you’re looking for [16:00]
  • How to pick the things that are actually important for you to keep track of [16:38]
  • How to let everything else go if it doesn’t make the cut [19:03]
  • Why there are often more things that you should do then things that you can actually get done [23:49]
  • What the Zeigarnick Effect is and why it is so bad for focus [24:48]
  • Why multitasking is a myth and the real impact of attention residue to your productivity [26:00]
  • How many different things can push information at you and what you can do to shut them down when they’re not important [29:01]
  • Why taming your notifications is so important on your mobile devices [36:08]
  • Why capturing your tasks into a task manager is a critical piece of any system [41:28]
  • What to do with your different inboxes and how to keep on top of them [48:18]
  • How to use a read-it-later service like Pocket [54:50]
  • Best practices for managing your various inboxes [58:48]
  • How to resist FOMO and beat it once and for all [1:04:14]

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