Top Information Overload Posts

Information overload: whether you’re overwhelmed by social media, suffering from email overload or trying to simply find a few minutes offline, these insights and practices can help.

6 solutions to the sadness of social media

6 solutions to the sadness of social media

Is social media making us sad? On the UK’s Channel 4 News website, Benjamin Cohen is concerned that social media is changing the nature of friendship, and has adjusted his use of social media in response: I’ve stopped sharing as much, full stop….I’m not...
11 best practices for managing your social network memberships

11 best practices for managing your social network memberships

Between the WordPress.com hack, the Honda Canada hack and the Playstation hack, I feel like my favorite online identities have been seriously compromised. Nor am I the only one: the recent attack on PBS servers has also created potential identity risks for PBS...
1972: ELIZA, IANA and the search for (in)finite attention online

1972: ELIZA, IANA and the search for (in)finite attention online

You could say that my marriage began with a Palm Pilot. You might remember the second-generation Palm device, best known for its handwriting-based interface. (Ooh! Aah!) I got mine in 1997, at a time when a pocket-sized digital calendar, address book and notetaker...
5 life lessons you can learn from emptying your inbox

5 life lessons you can learn from emptying your inbox

It’s day 7 of our quest for an empty inbox, and I’m now at inbox zero once again. What I’ve discovered is that while it takes me less than a week to empty my inbox, it takes more than a week to blog my methodology, so I’ll be writing further...

5 steps to emptying your e-mail inbox

You could get to inbox zero the way you probably have countless times before, by working your way through that pile one message at a time. That can be very time-consuming, and it also misses the great opportunity that an overflowing inbox provides: the opportunity to...

5 solutions for coping with social media

Read Gillian Shaw’s story about my social media methodology in the Vancouver Sun. Is social media something you have to cope with? Or is social media something that can help you cope? In my talk today at the Northern Voice blogging conference, I made my best...
5 ways social media can help you learn to say no (for HBR)

5 ways social media can help you learn to say no (for HBR)

Subject: Join our new working group? Subject: Time to meet for coffee? Subject: Beta invitation for new web app Subject: Sign up for 2010 lecture series? If your January inbox looks like mine, it’s full of requests and invitations. The problem with the New...
On Managing Information Overload and Extremely Lame Superpowers

On Managing Information Overload and Extremely Lame Superpowers

This blog post originally appeared on the site of the Harvard Business Review site. We all struggle with information overload. If somebody would just push a button and turn off the Internet for a year, maybe, maybe, we’d catch up on our work, organize our...
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