How to Stop Information Overload

How to Stop Information Overload

Are you overwhelmed with too much information? Not sure who to follow and where to focus your time? For a few years I was on webinar overload. I needed a break, a hiatus, almost an intervention. I just couldn’t stand one more webinar series. I already had many that I hadn’t completed. I was determined to finish all of those before considering signing up for another one. It wasn’t easy. Everyday, I receive offers from very talented people offering to share their knowledge that will certainly help my business. I see them in my inbox, on Facebook and Twitter. But, sometimes you just have to say – Enough is Enough. So I did just that. I already had registered for, and not completed a Facebook Ads webinar series by Andrea Vahl, and had countless replays waiting for me in my inbox from amazing people like, Amy Porterfield, Chalene Johnson and Steve Dotto.

Here was my plan;

  1. Watch and learn from the webinars I had already purchased.
  2. Watch and learn from select free webinars I signed up for.

Here comes the BIG plan that worked. I decided to ONLY learn from two people at a time. Maybe this sounds crazy, especially when we are enticed by so many offers everyday. But, I felt pressure and stress to watch them all. And, guess what? That’s not possible nor will it create miracles in your business or life. It will leave you feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and with a to-do list that is physically impossible.

I decided to follow and learn from Darren Hardy and Lisa Larter. Simple. Two very impactful people that I was sure to learn from and have the time to implement their ideas. That is the point, right? Take what you learn and take action. That just isn’t possible if you are spreading yourself so thin that you have no time to implement.

Years ago, the first webinar I purchased was from Mari Smith. To learn more about her courses, go here. One thing she repeated was to ‘master one social media site and then move on to another one’, if it makes sense for your business. It’s the same idea when learning from people.

Enough Information, Already!

I have been listening, via Audible, to Darren Hardy’s latest, The Compound Effect. It’s a great way to learn in times when you aren’t sitting at a desk. My favorite times to listen to audiobooks is when I am driving and walking my dog. My head tends to be clear and I am not focused on five things at once. In the morning, I start my day with a green juice and a little Lisa Larter. I sit quietly and read or reread parts of her book, Pilot to Profit: Navigating Modern Entrepreneurship to Build Your Business Using Online Marketing, Social Media, Content Marketing and Sales.

You can learn more about Lisa’s book here. http://gramercysocial.com/transform-business-30-minutes/

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When reading an actual book, I like to sit quietly with no distractions. And, I always have a highlighter and a pencil nearby. I make notes in the margins and highlight the most important elements for my business. I take notes on how and when I can implement and of any questions I have. Lisa has a private Facebook group where she hosts a book club. It’s the perfect place to ask questions about her book. She can clarify or offer more details on areas I was unsure of.

I know it sounds too simple. But, allowing yourself to say NO to all that is offered can be a huge relief. I can almost guarantee that you will be more productive and more focused. I strongly believe that you will be able to get more out of the teachings you choose and be able to implement them without the stress of having too much to do.

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Now it’s your turn to stop information overload. How many courses are you signed up for? Do you complete one before you start another one?

Question: Do you think you could commit to learning from only two people? If so, what two people are you going to start with?

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4 comments

  1. Great post! I was just speaking to someone about this the other day! For some of us, there’s an aspect of ourselves that is always searching and buying new products, books, etc., fulfills that part of ourselves. We forget that to make changes in our lives, we also need to take ACTION with the information that we learned. Thank you for this reminder.

    • Sonja Pound says:

      Thanks for commenting. So true about the action part. Tough to take action, for me at least, if I am learning from too many at once. At the moment two people seem to be a good number.

  2. Laura Tucker says:

    Sonja, you have accurately described the state of my “newsletter email” inbox. It becomes overwhelming. I like the idea of limiting it to two people at a time. It’s a great way to go a little deeper and follow through. Learning is like a drug, but nothing happens unless we get into action!

    • Sonja Pound says:

      It works for me. Last year I bought so many webinars and books that I felt a great deal of stress trying to finish. In the process I wasn’t learning and applying like you mentioned. I was just overwhelmed by my list. Thanks for reading and commenting. 😀

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