There are so many great apps out there that it’s tough to not use them all. We store our shopping lists in one app, clip from the web to a note-taking app, and tell our virtual assistant to remind us about tasks. Consolidating that information into one place instead can help avoid information overload.
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Simple Productivity Blog argues that having too much information isn’t always the core cause of information overload. It could be that we store our information in too many places:
You Probably Don’t Have Too Much…
The first sign of having information in too many places is that we start to feel overwhelmed by the information. This can lead to procrastination, or not knowing where to start, or working on other things just to escape the press of the tasks.
…Just Too Many Places
The problem really isn’t that there is too much: it’s that it’s all over the place, so everywhere you turn you are reminded of things you need to do.
Having a reminder at every turn is daunting, as is having to open a half-dozen apps or go looking for the right container when you’re looking for one piece of information. Putting all your information in one place helps you see everything you need to do and remember at once, plan accordingly, and make your day feel a little less cluttered and hectic.
Information In Too Many Places? Simplify! [Simple Productivity Blog]