“Information is not knowledge.”
– Albert Einstein
I went on a camping trip from Thursday-Monday this past week and decided to turn off all electronics and just enjoy family and nature and be in the moment. It was amazing.
I am very big into networking and keeping in touch with other business owners.
The INSANE amount of notifications I had from groups/blogs etc. was just crazy by time I got back, unpacked and settled back into our normal daily roles.
I love learning, I just want to learn everything, I love reading so for example; yesterday.....was pretty crazy. I tried to catch up with all the groups I'm in and connect with people and engage with them and their discussions. I very quickly became overwhelmed with all of the information.
Then I wanted to learn a bit more on a certain skill for my design business so I was doing some background research into how I can be more efficient with what I wanted to do.
This quickly led into tutorials on YouTube and whatever else.
I'm usually a very scheduled person but I just tried to take in everyone's information at once and it ended up not doing me any good at all. Wanting to know everything can hold you back.
In life we are surrounded by an overload of information all the time. From our phones and tablets with us constantly bumping notifications from all of the different social media apps as reminders to check in.
When you google one thing online there are so many choices, and then after you are done reading or watching the one...it will suggest the next video to watch as well. You could be there forever being informed on everything!
There is something I think you have to keep in mind. It is great when you are open to learn new things; but if you continue to learn more and more and never stop taking in information; when will you have time to put what you learn in action, or use it to help in some way? If you can't use it or give it time to really soak in, there's no point as we will not remember it all if we never talk about or use it in some way.
I looked up some other quotes on this subject and thought these were good ones to go with this topic.
“In the age of technology there is constant access to vast amounts of information. The basket overflows; people get overwhelmed; the eye of the storm is not so much what goes on in the world, it is the confusion of how to think, feel, digest, and react to what goes on.”
― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms
“...a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention...”
― Herbert A. Simon
I've decided to allot a time where I catch up with my other groups and connections; if its not directed right at me and in need of my immediate attention.
There needs to be time to stop taking in information and see what needs to be done right in the moment. If you need to focus on something at that moment; shut out all distractions. I know if I don't all the "beeps" from emails, messages and notifications I would struggle to stay focused from always wondering if its urgent.
Prioritise and don't overwhelm yourself!
What are your thoughts on this? Do you find this a struggle in your life and business; trying to know absolutely everything?