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Handling information overload

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on July 26, 2007 at 4:11:26 am

How to deal with information overload



  • feed-fu -- feed reading techniques, feed subscribing techniques
    • tips, tricks, best practices for handling feed reading
    • feed mashup tools: yahoo pipes
    • ego search / ego feeds
    • search engine feeds
    • IM/phone alerts for super-important feeds via Zaptxt



Gina's tips

  • insert wisdom and lore here



Barb's tips

  • i don't care about an empty inbox. i skim the list of unread and try to pick out the items that look most important, and get to them first. i try and trust that if i miss something important, someone will bring it up again.
  • i also don't care about reading every item in my newsreader. i set up filters for whatever are the most relevant search terms for me at the moment and try to get to those first. if i miss a few days of feeds, i don't worry about catching up -- i just start with what's fresh.
  • if there's an item that looks interesting but i don't have time to read it now, i'll open a tab in NNW or del.icio.us it for later. if i don't get to it later, the world does not end.
  • don't get bogged down with a feeling of obligation to consume or look at everything. try to cultivate an attitude of opporunity rather than obligation.
  • don't be afraid to change your workflow or try new tools. try to allot some time in your schedule to periodically explore new tools, methods of organization, and to revise or assess your current systems.
  • ask your friends and colleagues what tools they use to stay organized.
  • i try to make as much of my information storage web-based as possible, for relatively easy access from any computer or location.
  • if you're not sure what the most important action item is at any given time, just trust your instincts.



Going further

  • The cult of GTD: Getting Things Done
  • Personal start pages: Netvibes, Pageflakes, Google start page
  • Backpack -- web-based personal info manager with great shareability tools.
  • Virtual desktops -- have more than one "workspace" open at a time
  • Quicksilver -- desert island app for the Mac, serves as a launcher and much more
  • Web-based operating systems: YouOS, Goowy, etc.

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