How to Handle Information Overload

Freelancer Lisa Evans, writing for Fast Company, covers the new book by psychologist and behavioral neuroscientist Daniel Levitin entitled, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. “The pace at which we’re exposed to information today is overwhelming to our brains, which haven’t adapted fast enough to easily separate relevant data from the irrelevant at the speed we’re asking it to. As a result, our brains become easily fatigued, and we become more forgetful.” Using these neuroscience principles of organizing information will help “optimize our brain’s capacity”:

1. Externalize data – (get information out of your head – put your ideas on paper)

2. Make decisions in the morning

3. Be organized (in your physical environment)

4. Multitasking is a myth (uses up the brain’s glucose supply)

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