Do we know enough yet?  That is a good question.  What makes it even more interesting is the trending of information growth.

You can run the calculations in various ways, but the bottom line is we are becoming deluged in information.  As a rough illustration, about every day or two we are now producing the same amount of information as we have produced since the beginning of humankind up until the 21st century.  That’s a lot of bytes!  Exactly what I feel every time I look at my email inbox.

The good news is, not each one of those bytes is essential or critical to your daily decisions.  Nevertheless, you don’t want to be too presumptuous about the importance of all that information either.

Filters are amazing and helpful things.  By creating a mental system, an email system, a cyber-system, a hardcopy system, a news-monitoring system, you can do much to corral the overwhelming quantity of information coming at you.  But the problem is sometimes we create those filtering systems and then we forget about adjusting them.

One thing I have discovered in my life is I must periodically revisit those mechanisms.  They require tweaking and reorganization occasionally.  My priorities and needs change over time.  By making some adjustments to my information-management systems, I gain some efficiency in managing my information flow.

As much as we’d all like to know it all, that is humanly impossible (although some people think they know it all).  After all, the last I checked, my brain is finite (yes, I’m painfully aware of that daily).  But the next best thing is to set up systems that are personalized to your needs so that you can target the data streams you need.

Tough job, but we’ve all got to do it.  The good news is you’ll never be unemployed!

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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