Information Overload Day is Tomorrow: Here’s What You Can Do to ‘Lower the Overload’

By Kurt Stolz on 19 October 2020
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Information Overload Day this year is Tuesday, October 20.

The day is intended to call attention to an issue that costs companies and consumers as much as $988 billion per annum in the United States alone.

Do a search on the term “Information Overload” and what follows will be nothing less than Information Overload, over 8.1 million search results that provide conflicting definitions and descriptions and a fire hose of information.

This succinctly defines the issue.

Information Overload describes an excess of information that results in the loss of ability to make decisions, process information, and prioritize tasks.   The problem causes lowered productivity and throttles innovation according to FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira, author of “Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous to Your Organization’s Health.”  His research, focused on how individuals and companies, can help “Lower the Overload.”

“Companies need to focus on what can be done to lessen Information Overload’s impact right now,” said Spira, who created Information Overload Day in 2009.

The Information Overload Research Group is hosting an online event Tuesday at 11 a.m. EDT to commemorate the day.  The event will zoom in on Information Overload issues in the Coronavirus Age.

Registration is free at the Information Overload Day website.

If you can’t attend, here are five tips that are easy to implement and should have a big impact on an equally big problem.

1.) Don’t e-mail someone and then two seconds later follow up with an IM or phone call.
2.) Refrain from combining multiple themes and requests in a single e-mail.
3.) Make sure the subject of your e-mail clearly reflects both the topic and urgency of the missive.
4.) Read your own e-mail messages before sending them to ensure they are comprehensible to others.
5.) Don’t overburden colleagues with unnecessary e-mail, especially one word replies such as “Thanks!” or “Great!”, and use “reply to all” only when absolutely necessary.

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