Remember how computers and the internet were designed to make our lives so much easier that we could work less. In fact, most people work more, sometimes working and checking emails even after they've left the office. Even my mom was talking about getting off social media because it was too overwhelming and taking up too much of her time.
I'm agree, we haven't taught how to have clear boundaries around what we take in from social media or the internet, in general. This information overload is creating sleep disturbances, serious neck alignment and tension issues, and leaving us feeling paralyzed to take action.
Here are my Top 3 Ways to Avoid Information Overload:
1. Dont Drain the Bank: We only get the mental energy to make so many decisions in a day. Don't get frustrated when, by the end of the day, you can't decided on what to do for dinner. There's only so much to go around. So meal prep for the evening, make your biggest decisions first thing, and delegate trivial decisions to others.
2. Clean Up Your Inbox: Go through your email, regardless if you just delete them or you let them pile up and promise to read them later, any email list you've subscribed to that you never read, unsubscribe. Letting those pile up can leave feeling drowning in email.
3. Power Hours: At work, break your day into "power hours". 45-90 minutes of focused, intentional work. Then get up, get away from your computer or phone, stretch/walk/socialize/rest for 15-30 minutes then get back at it. Breaking your day into power hours will help you be more productive and less tempted to start scrolling through cat videos on the internet. Think about it, at work, during an 8-hour day, you may get 3-4 hours of actual work done, the rest is time spent trying to get back to work. Break up your day, be efficient, your body will thank you for not forcing it to sit at the desk all day.
Got any tips that really work for you? Let me know in the comments.