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How to stay focused and not get overwhelmed with information overload

October 11, 2015

How to stay focused and not get overwhelmed with information overload.

It’s so easy to get caught up into information overload. We all suffer from it. At times I find myself needing to unplug or take a break from learning and just focus on trusting my own instincts. Today I’m going to share some tips that have helped me overcome information overload and stay focused.

Only take what you really need
At times we treat information as if it were an all you can eat buffet. Filling our plates to the max and then going back for seconds. If you’re trying to learn how to budget your money, choose 1 person that’s doing a great at budgeting and maybe subscribe to that one person. Don’t subscribe to 20 people because your inbox will be flooded and you are more likely to get a ton of different advice about how to create a better budget and it may stop you from creating a budget at all. Because you will feel stuck. You won’t know which direction to go.

Sometimes it’s best to sit in silence and listen to your own thoughts. Not what Google, or Facebook is telling you to do. What do you honestly feel is the right thing for you to do?

Don’t charge your phone in your room at night:
A few weeks ago I started charging my phone in the living room, just so that I can wake up and not have my phone be the first thing I reach for in the morning. I would wake up and focus only my thoughts and what I was thankful for. It was very peaceful waking up this way rather than immediately reaching for my phone looking at email, and social media notifications. It’s ok for people to not be able to reach you for a few hours. The world will still keep spinning I promise.

You’re busy learning, but are you really being effective?
Learning lots of information feels like work, but it’s not work. As I mentioned earlier too much information can paralyze you from taking any action at all. A task that should of only taken you 20 minutes to accomplish has now taken you 1 hour and 30 mins because you have 30 other tabs open at the same time. FOCUS on one task and then move to something else. If this is hard for you for focus on one task at a time 99u put together a great list of “10 online tools for better attention focus.”

“learners retain approximately:
90% of what they learn when they teach someone else/use immediately.
75% of what they learn when they practice what they learned.
50% of what they learn when engaged in a group discussion.
30% of what they learn when they see a demonstration.
20% of what they learn from audio-visual.
10% of what they learn when they’ve learned from reading.
5% of what they learn when they’ve learned from lecture.”

If you don’t teach someone what you’ve learned or act on it immediately you’re more likely to forget and not take action. So make sure that you’re really using the information that you’re learning.

Hope you find these few tips helpful. If you find yourself stuck or wondering which direction to go take some time to unplug and connect with yourself. Really be sure that you’re only taking what you need. Pick 1-2 things and drop the rest.

With all my love,
Candice Marie


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