Twitter’s Ev thinks Twitter can help you overcome Information Overload.
That’s Sillicon Valley thinking. Information "overload" is a Sillicon Valley type of problem. Such problems are mostly a matter of choice, exist in a very small sub-culture — and have virtually no baring on the real lives of normal people. (more…)
If you feel it’s all just too much information and you don’t experience the stream of information available to you as something great and laid back then you might be suffering from Intention Deficit.
Intention Drives Actions
Normally we intent to do something with something at a specific time and place. Thus we find ourselves in the supermarket with the intention to buy groceries.
Removing intention from the equation is frustrating.
Loss of intention makes your actions meaningless and impossible.
Ever stood up to go to the kitchen only to find yourself thinking; “Why am I here?” That’s loss of intention for you right there…
Intention Deficit Kills Information Joy
If you don’t have a clear intention for each piece of information you expose yourself to soon that information will become a source of distraction and frustration.
You open your feedreader, see “1000+ unread” and think; oh no. Clicking “mark all as read” you sigh, clench your muscles and think “I failed again but this time I’ll stay current and up to date — this time I’ll read it all, all the time”.
From Intent to Read to Intention for Reading
The clearer your intention, the better you feel. “I follow this feed to stay up to date on the news in my industry” sounds like a clear intention but soon you’ll find yourself stressed at somehow staying “up to date”.
Because the question is; why do want to stay up to date? Answering that question for yourself gives you a chance to bring things back to your real life; “I follow this feed to stay up to date in order to learn about code exploits as soon as possible so I can protect the company server”.
If you find yourself storing information or URL’s ask yourself: what do I intent to do with this?
The fact that it is remotely interesting isn’t enough. You have to know for yourself “I save this article because I’m planning to write about the body-space awareness of termites”.
- Horizons of Focus
- Covey’s idea of Roles (would love to include a link but alas, can’t find a good write-up on it! Know one?)
Do you think clear intention helps — or do you maybe think all this talk about information processing and knowledge work is way overdone?