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Productivity - How To Avoid Information Overload

February 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 148

Do you want to know how to avoid information overload? It's a huge issue with business owners, and this is how it usually happens.

OK, so you are ready to start your new business and it's a very exciting time for you. You get pumped up to learn all you can, soak it all up like a sponge and hoping that you will be able to focus and get it all done. You find great content and you sign up for everyone's FREE report, then, BAM!

The emails start to flood your inbox, everyone is telling you to do this and do that. You are getting invited to webinars, trainings, and you are being bombarded with product launches and sales pages.

Yep, I have been there done that myself and it is not a way to build your business. As a matter of fact, the overwhelm from the overload can freeze you in your tracks. So I had to come up with ways to overcome that overload myself and now I want to share those solutions with you.

Take your business one step at a time by mastering one area of your business first. For example, if you are trying to research your niche, make sure you just focus on that one topic until you have mastered that before moving onto the next area of your business.

Unsubscribe to all the emails that you don't open. (True confessions: On January 1, 2012, I had over 5,000 unread emails.) YIKES! Guess what I did? I unsubscribed to many of them and am still doing so, a bit at a time each day, and this is adding to another unwanted "to do" task that I really don't have time for. So don't let your emails get that big. Find 3 - 5 mentors and follow them. Follow their programs, sign up for their products and services and stick with them in the beginning of your journey. Turn off the noise - If you are focused on one area of your business then turn off your Facebook, Twitter, Skype and all the other distractions until it is time in your schedule to go there and do what you have to do. (For example, I use Google Chrome, which allows me to open up many tabs at once that I can click back and forth on. This year, I am not doing that and my business has taken a big leap due to my attention to focus.) Stay focused. I like to plan 60 to 90 minutes on each task per day without any other interruption. This allows me to stay focused for a shorter amount of time and then I take a short break by stretching or taking a short walk then it's back to work on something else. Make email file folders for those emails you want to keep. I call it my swipe file. When I get an email that interests me, instead of taking the time to read it or get distracted from my daily "to do" list, I drop it in its file folder to review later, during my training period that I have scheduled in my weekly calendar.

What do you do to avoid information overload?

I invite you to enjoy my free report called "5 Simple Solutions for the NEW Entrepreneur." by going to

In this report you will learn what I call the 5 D's of getting started. Discover Your Niche, Define Your Solution, Develop Your Strategy, Determine Your Free Giveaway, and Deliver Your Marketing Message.

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