Information Overload

It’s easy to mistake busyness for productivity in this wonderful webby world of social media. Let’s face it, when you follow multiple blogs using RSS feeds, communicate using Twitter, manage your in-box to keep it at inbox zero, contribute to other communities, social networks and wikis – you have an abundance of engaging information and conversations…..or a recipe for complete distraction.

So for those overwhelmed with information and social networks, here are a couple of pointers.

10 Simple Productivity Tips for Bloggers
There were some nice tips here for Bloggers (hat tip to Chris Brogan on Twitter), including using your feed reader as an in-box, and writing more than you publish. In a nutshell:

  1. Write more than you publish.
  2. Turn off auto-notifiers.
  3. Check emails less often, but deal with more when you do.
  4. Write as much as possible when you’re feeling creative.
  5. Use your feed reader as an all-in-one inbox.
  6. Process different types of tasks in batches.
  7. Work out a ‘To Post’ list.
  8. Spend less time reading feeds.
  9. Sketch posts before filling in the detail.
Five boundary setting tips for the work-obsessed
Quoting Seth Godin’s post on the passionate worker, Anne Zelenka wrote:
  1. Choose flow-inducing hobbies that really engage you and pull your mind away from work.
  2. Set goals in your personal life just like you do in your professional life
  3. Schedule dates with other people for non-work activities.
  4. Use tech boundaries to separate your work and your life.
  5. Decide your “no”s in advance.

As you can see, it’s easy to implement a few time management basics like setting personal and professional priorities, making time to manage your time and information, preparing to embrace the unpredictable (life, work….and blogger’s block) investing our time wisely and sometimes, well, just doing nothing !

Quiet setting
credit: August Boehm