Managing Information Overload

On a daily basis, I am inundated with work emails, personal emails, newsletter emails, store coupon emails, Facebook posts of friends and family, Facebook sponsored posts, Instagram images, Snapchat videos, commercials, news stories and Pinterest ideas.

While the amount of information we have at our fingertips is incredible, our minds are rarely given a break. I have been working hard at calming my mind be happier and calmer. Limiting the information received online is also very beneficial to dealing with anxiety.

  • Clean up your email inbox by deleting old or junk emails.
  • Unsubscribe to newsletters you don't read or store emails you don't visit. For awhile, I received tons of Bath and Body emails and I don't remember the last time visiting the store. 
  • On Facebook, leave groups that you don't care to receive information from. Hide friends that are negative or you aren't close with.
  • Delete accounts you rarely use. For me, I deleted my Snapchat account.
  • Spend less time on social sites in general. In reality, the only life I am concerned with is my own. It is great to keep caught up with close friends and family. But, I don't need to always know what someone else is doing.
  • Limit time spent on your phone, tablet or laptop. I have started turning the volume down on my phone from 5 pm-8 pm when I am home from work and my children are awake. I like to spend quality time with my family. I don't want my daughters to remember me constantly on my phone or tablet.
  • To clear your mind, go for a walk, exercise or meditate.
  • Curl up with a good book instead of watching TV.
  • At night, keep everything unplugged in your bedroom. It is very easy to quick check online before falling asleep. Let yourself have quiet time to wind down.

What are some of your practices for managing information overload?

Megan

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