Information Overload Day – October 20, 2020


The world around us is full of notification sounds noise; Our phones ding announcing a new text message, tens of announcements that "You've got mail," Social media platforms send unstoppable notifications, and the TV chirps out preparations for the upcoming elections and what's happening in the Corona age endlessly.

Information Overload Day, October 20 of each year, reminds us that so much information exists, and often this relentless flooding will potentially harm our performance and motivation. Celebrating this day would reduce any person's face pressure and tension when overflowing with information. It is a day of awareness that encourages you to use only the necessary content.

History of Information Overload Day

In 2007, A group of companies called Information Overload Research Group (IORG), focusing on workplace productivity and emerging technology, looked forward to raising awareness of what happens when you overload your workforce and clients with the never-ending fire hose of information. So, they have declared the Information Overload Day.

Research has found that the sheer amount of knowledge streaming into our lives significantly affects persons' productivity and companies. The average employee gets no fewer than 93 emails a day.

In 2015, the IORG challenged the business climate by reducing overload by sending twenty percent fewer messages every day.

It's very understandable to pair it with the social media that dominates our lives, the endless noise of new text messages, and the standard stand-by that is web surfing. What is less understandable is that the time spent on these activities has serious economic effects, and the time is spent on business reasons, not personal ones, to be clear.

Only think of the times you've been deep in the midst of a project, and promptly your email buzzes, so you take the time to pause, read, and respond. Then you have to take a while to refocus on your project and start working again, preferably before another email comes in. It's these little pauses that add losses up to $180 trillion. Hence, it's essential to realize the importance of reducing information overload to control your thoughts and decisions.

Tip to Bosses: Marsha Egan, a professional efficiency coach, advises managers not to send "toxic emails" that need urgent attention, saying: "The best gift any group can give each other is never to use email urgently. If you need it within three hours, pick up the phone."

How To Celebrate Information Overload Day?

These interruptions cost you more time than you thought, and if you only eliminated them from your day, you would be shocked by how effective you might be.

  • Stop looking at your cell phone; stop reading your inbox any time it dings.
  • To better minimize the number of interruptions you get in a day, log out of your email and log in just five times a day.
  • Turn off the sounds, including the vibration, on your phone.
  • Take care of both your mental and physical health—do things, such as indulging yourself with meditation for a day. Relieve your mind and spirit!
  • Use information filters. Select fewer sources to get your information to stop this inevitable distraction from the endless stream of Facebook updates, Twitter tweets, and LinkedIn newsletters.
  • Save social networking sites and online surfing for scheduled break periods (if allowed in the workplace) and set a time limit for them.
  • Turn off work gadgets when you get home. If someone needs you urgently, they can call.
Information Overload Day is about taking care of and controlling the influx of information into your life and limiting it when it is necessary.

Happy Information Overload Day! Use the hashtag # InformationOverloadDay to share your opinion and to express your appreciation for this day on social media.

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