The Internet is filled with an abundance of information. It’s impossible to consume it all, and the raw information, whether accurate or not, is often overwhelming to even the best of us. What can we do to still maintain productivity while leveraging the web, and how can we filter out all the different materials that are unnecessary and just weigh us down?
No matter what we are looking at: news, documentaries, videos, stocks or cryptocurrencies, business knowledge, concepts, opinions, or guides… There is always an abundance of material to filter through. If we try to consume it all, we will waste so much time that the productivity from consumption is almost nothing.
Here’s what is important to remember:
Have a Variety
Variety is extremely important. This can be good or bad. If you can take in two different points of view and make decisions off that, then it can be beneficial. If you listen to two different viewpoints and do not know which to follow, then pick one and never look back… The confliction can be too much for a lot of people, though. Keep variety simple, and try not to overwhelm yourself with too much of it. If I listen to business and motivation-oriented podcasts, then it would not be in my best interest to have seven different favorites. Instead, it seems to be more beneficial to find the top three that motivate me most, and move forward with those. Variety overload is a thing, so try to avoid it!
Time Limits Are Important
This one cannot be stressed enough. It seems so simple, but so many fail at this. Try to keep the amount of time you spend on one subject to a minimum. My best example of this is watching Gary Vaynerchuk videos all day, or something of the like. This can be a motivator, but what you are really doing is introducing a bunch of concepts into your brain at once. After all, not every single one of those videos are about the same thing. Instead, keep the concepts to a controllable amount and use time as an effective way to measure how much you have consumed, and then act on those concepts. The same thing can happen to anyone trying to study or learn new material, no matter what that material is. Too many concepts in too short of a time period can have a negative impact.
Keep it Light
Not everything has to be heavy. This seems simple, but in our society there is some real heavy stuff going on. The Internet is filled with an abundance of heaviness, and sometimes it’s just too much for us to lift. Keep it light, and try not to burn yourself out just by dealing with other people’s heaviness.
Focus on One Topic at a Time
The singular focus model may be contradictory to variety in some respects, but it can prove effective. Sometimes there is just too much going on, so if we drill down into what we really want to see and care about, then there is a much higher chance that we can effectively get something done. Efficiency is gauged from focus and without a sense of direction, there will definitely be some information overload. Without focus on the Internet, people can tend to leave themselves in situations where they are susceptible to stress. This is in juxtaposition of using the Internet to get what you want when you want it, and learning how to take advantage of it when you are focused in on one specific topic.
Take Breaks When Worn Out
No brainer… Avoid re-burning yourself out. Need I say more?
Unsubscribe to Junk
I cannot believe how many people still get advertisement emails daily from vendors and just trash them as opposed to unsubscribing. Take the 10 seconds out of your day and unsubscribe one time, instead of spending the 2 seconds daily to delete them. This time adds up. If I’m deleting 30 spam emails that make it into my main inbox daily, which takes 60 seconds a day, then I’m wasting hundreds of minutes every year to look at junk and make sure it’s junk before I delete it. I would never even get this spam if I just unsubscribed right away. That’s not to mention how many spam vendors resell emails. If I get 30 spam emails daily now, by this time next year that will at least double, if not triple.
(P.S. — iPhones has an unsubscribe feature that helps make this even faster!)
Promote Positivity — Ignore Negativity
It is normal for us to gravitate towards negativity. It happens. The lighter content on the Internet is better to consume, and easier to process mentally, though. If knowledge is power, then positive knowledge is positive power. Negative information is out there in abundance, and this includes fake information. We all know the jokes about everything on the Internet being true. Why waste time, effort, and valuable energy on negativity? That can definitely lead to a quicker burnout, and some information overload.
The Internet is a Marathon — Not a Sprint
The Internet is filled with so much great material. There are some really great contributors out there, lots of information to consume, and so much power that can be leveraged just by absorbing things on the Internet. Remember that perfection is the enemy of profitability, so if you are scraping the Internet to learn every little detail about a topic, then you could be doing it all wrong and leading yourself down a road of information overload.