Are you fed up wh 2,000 function announcements a year? Do you feel like you’re wasting so much time trying to catch up wh the latest s? Dean Jones, founder and CEO of BestKnownHost, addresses the BKH knowledge environment in this talk and offers realistic tactics and resources to help you remain informed while ensuring you don’t lose crucial knowledge required to succeed as a professional in the technology industry.  

I dropped the mail and booted up my laptop and found seventeen e-mails in my inbox. Is information real? Absolutely. Though the real danger is the flood of potentially meaningful information we let in.

Infobesy the Over-consumption of Information Could Be Raising the Stress Levels of Almost Half of Brish Office Workers, Reveals a Report.

To be clear, even though consuming 35 billion bs of daily is substantial, that’s not what’s creating the crisis. ’s the potential meaning that could be in the information we have received that stresses us out and keeps us from focusing on one thing at a time.

In our age of information , Computer and information research scientist. Computer programmer. Computer support specialist. base administrator. Information secury analysts, Network and computer systems administrators, Software developers, Web developers, well everyone must learn to discern between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and falsy.

Handling the “Not so important things” 

When you set foot in a forest, every one of your human senses feeds you information about your environment and surroundings. But you don’t implode because inially there aren’t that many things you have to worry about unless you come across a dangerous animal or suspicious-looking fru

Email is a completely different story. You never know which message is urgent, has a hidden agenda, or is just spam. Therefore, every message in your inbox becomes a potential poisonous berry.

Not knowing which emails are important causes most of us to become overly stressed and pressures us to get through them instantly, instead of working on s at hand.

This leads to addictive behavior and sometimes getting involved in s that aren’t even on your to-do list.

Whout the abily to discern, we stand impotent in an age of information .

Addicted to Dopamine

Checking and organizing emails creates dopamine in the brain (a compound present in the body that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure center) making email highly addictive. ’s no surprise that about 30% of our working day is spent interacting wh email. We simply love the rush of going through messages and quickly replying because makes us feel extremely productive. However, in realy, ’s sapping us of the energy we need to manage our work successfully. 

“Your Mind Is for Having Ideas, Not Holding Them”

Cognive Load

Managing all this potentially meaningful information in our email inboxes is taxing and according to a study by Baba Shiv at Stanford Universy, there is a lim to our cognive load,” the total amount of mental effort that can be used in the working memory to accomplish a specific . Once this load is exhausted, hardly any energy is left to make clear and concise decisions.

Even to live in our Age of Information is hard; to lead in our Age of Information is even harder.

So how does one deal wh all this information whout getting stressed?

1. Clarify and Organise

For spirual , ’s important to recognize that information must not only be managed but also dethroned. You have to set apart a time to clarify and organize these inputs before you can act on them. Allens method calls this the stage: you decide what you want to do wh each idea. Is urgent? What’s the goal? What’s your next action step?

2. Appropriate Use
Match the message to the best medium. Recognize when the email is not the best method of communicating. Sometimes face-to-face meetings are better than a string of unclear or sensive emails going  back and forth.

3. To: vs. Cc:
Be discerning about your use of To: vs. Cc: Why? Ever receive an email where ’s unclear who has the action because everyone is in the To” field?

4. Subject Lines
Use clear subject lines that clearly describe the topic.

5. Reply to All
Resist the urge to simply click reply to all, if not everyone needs to receive your reply. Another tip to avoid the Reply to All cycle is to use the Bcc: field for all recipients, when appropriate. That way only the sender will receive the replies.

6. Response Times
What are you’re agreed response times for internal and external communications? If there are none maybe ’s time to agree on them wh your relevant stakeholders.

7. Information Fast

At least one day a week, we must rest from gathering information just as the ancient Israeles rested from gathering wood. We must still our racing minds and rest our information-soaked souls.

So how can you keep up? Learn what’s important? Filter out what’s not? Grow as a person? Get things done?

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