Information Overload in 1755 7


Information overload is not a new thing. Here’s a piece from Stowe Boyd’s thought provoking /message blog

Denis Diderot, “Encyclopédie” (1755)
As long as the centuries continue to unfold, the number of books will grow continually, and one can predict that a time will come when it will be almost as difficult to learn anything from books as from the direct study of the whole universe. It will be almost as convenient to search for some bit of truth concealed in nature as it will be to find it hidden away in an immense multitude of bound volumes.

Some of us ADHD Adults (like myself) self medicate with information. I love learning about new things and ideas. Quite stimulating and a great way to boost dopamine, the neurotranmitter that does many things but helps us focus & is the reward chemical among other things. ADDers have lower levels of dopamine so we do positive and negative things to help increase it.

If you’re an entrepreneur, you’re probably at greater risk for information overload. There’s so much more information available now in more easily accessible formats, and much of it free, we’re wired to look for possibilities and opportunities, we’re more likely to have many areas of responsibility, and learning is a competitive edge.

It is very easy for some of us to binge on new information and we need to realize & recognize when this is happening and find different strategies to deal with it. One aspect of this is to use reminders to help us get out of that state of hyperfocus on information. I did a post on Internet addiction wakeup devices with a few examples. It’s also useful to find ways to develop greater bodily awareness because for many of us it’s so easy to live in our heads all day and be semi asleep below the neck. Awareness is the first step in dealing with information overload but not the only one.

What methods do you find work for you to help cope with information overload?


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