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Sharon Ann Holgate: Conquering Information Overload

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November 4, 2011

Sharon Ann Holgate, writing for ScienceCareers.org, writes the following:

Do you dread your e-mail inbox upon returning from vacation? Do piles of unread journals grow like an organism on your desk? Do you feel as though no matter how hard you try to keep up, the information that you need to be effective as a scientist is spinning out of control? If so, you’re not alone. Information overload is one of the common ills of our age, with new information being produced and disseminated at an ever-increasing pace.

Research by Basex, a knowledge-economy advisory firm, indicates that knowledge workers in the United States lose as much as a quarter of each working day to information overload. The resulting reduction in productivity — and also innovation — represents an annual loss to the U.S. economy of more than $900 billion, they found.

The losses aren’t just economic; they’re emotional and psychological as well. That feeling of being overwhelmed can damage your happiness and health — not just your work and career.

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