Sunday, July 26, 2009

Information overload

What is Information overload?

This happen when you have collect too much information on hand but you don’t need all of them.

Below is the list of symptoms of Information overload

Stress You have done a lot of search, but it seems to be that you have not enough time to read it or there are still missing part.
Poor memory No matter how hard you have read and how hard you force yourself to memorize something, you still not able to recall it.
Inattentive You are not able to concentrate on one thing and get distracted easily.

Here are some tips that may help you out
  1. Plan your purpose of acquiring the information.
  2. Organise your work and get rid of clutter on your table.
  3. Put aside the information that is not relevant to you.
  4. Try to focus, ignore those chat lines, idle gossip, and surfing the Internet aimlessly.
  5. Focus on one task at a time and complete it before starting a new task.

Improve your memory
  • Listen to Baroque music. This type of music has tempo ranges from 55 to 65 beats per minute. It has a frequency of 500 hertz that can harmonies your brain waves, causing our bodies become relaxed and minds alert. One example is Pachelbel.
  • Use music as a memory aid. Music could be a powerful memory trigger.
  • Speed up your reading. An average person can have a reading speed of 200 to 250 words per minute (wpm). There are three attributes showing that you are a slow reading person. First, read word by word. This will cause your eye strain, and boring. Second, sub-vocalise when reading. This will reduce the reading rate because muscular activity tires you out. Third, re-read earlier section waste time and slow down your reading rate.

Speeding up your reading

  • Read groups of word. This is to reduce pausing as you read.
  • Minimise sub-vocalise. Reading either aloud or silently was a bad habit.
  • Reduce regression. Don’t go backwards when you read and force yourself to finishing your reading. Try stop at a section if not whole chapter.
  • Focus and avoid any temptation. Choose the most productive time for your reading. E.g. early in the morning.

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