Information overload? Shooting your computer is not the only solution

3 09 2008

I’m sure I’m not alone in being easily distracted by the myriad beeps, buzzes and rings that make up part of office life. Combine Outlook alerts, MSN, your mobile, RSS and meeting reminders and there’s a veritable minefield of potential distractions just waiting to make a friendly beeping noise at you and drag you away from whatever it was that you were really, really meant to be doing. Sara Houghton-Jan, aka the Librarian in Black, writes about how to cope with this information overload in her article Being Wired or Being Tired: 10 Ways to Cope with Information Overload in Ariadne Magazine. It helpfully addresses the pitfalls of modern alerting technology and gives some common sense suggestions for dealing with them, none of which, fortunately, involve doing this: