Sunday, May 19, 2019

Information Overload

“What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” -Herbert A. Simon.

This is something I’m trying to work on. For about two months, I haven’t read any news articles online or in paper. Minimal headline scanning in Yahoo’s homepage or Google News. It’s been easier than I expected.

I’m almost completely ignorant to what’s going on in the world and it’s awesome.

Why does this matter right now? Just in time Information.

I need to focus on what I’m working on. If my attention is being spent on inactionable information I’m wasting time even though it doesn’t feel like it. That’s the trap of doing things that matter, but that don’t necessarily matter right now.

For whatever I’m working on at the moment, do I need to be giving my attention to this? That’s the question I try to ask every time some new information is put in front of me.