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Information Coping Skills
The impact of information on our lives and ways to cop with it
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Overwhelmed By Social Media? Here Are 7 Ways to Keep Up

Overwhelmed By Social Media? Here Are 7 Ways to Keep Up | Information Coping Skills |

This a timely and important piece from Mark Schaefer of {grow} in which he touches upon several issues which confront all of us who are trying to keep our heads above water in the ever-evolving world of Social Media.

To quote: "Not only do the platforms shift every day, the rules of engagement change constantly, too. Can anybody keep up with the real (and rumored) changes just to Facebook's EdgeRank formula? What we considered best practices six months ago are passé today. Social media is overwhelming, especially when there is pressure to master every new platform that comes along  How do you keep up?."


** Platforms may change but marketing fundamentals remain the same

** Absolutely nobody can navigate this changing world alone as there are too many facets to it, so form a mutually beneficial support group.

** There's too much informationfor any one person to keep on top of all of it, so pick a main focus and try really hard to keep mainly to that.

** Know your audience and go where you will find them. This might mean giving up on one of the major platforms.  Swallow hard and do it!

** The more successful you become and the more your reach grows, the less time you will have to engage one-on-one with people. Don't let yourself feel guilty about this as it is inevitable.

** Go to a trusted source for information but be warned: Such a place may not (yet) exist.

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

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8 Surefire Ways to Thrive Despite Information Overwhelm

8 Surefire Ways to Thrive Despite Information Overwhelm | Information Coping Skills |

Jason W. Womack wrote this article for all of us,  who struggle with information overload. I selected it because.......


To be a good content curator, the first step is knowing how to harness your attention, to be able to filter, focus, and find the best and be able to leave the rest


**It's important to keep refining your daily habits and the author has some great suggestions on how to do that.




Jason Womack warns "in the age of information overload, when it comes to what we have time to focus on, we are often forced to sacrifice quality for quantity.


Here's what caught my attention:


**Stop multi-tasking

When you multi-task, you can't give your undivided attention the the things you're working on.


**Set a timer for 15-minute intervals

Womack says that our days are actually made up of about 100 15-minute intervals. In fact 15 minutes is just about the right "chunk" of time for us to be able to stay focused, minimize interruptions and work effectively


**Know when you're not focused and implement ways to refocus

When you're working with your timer, write down eah instance when you lose focus-even if it's just to look at a clock to see what time it is.


**Carry a camera with you

Carrying a camera with you is actually a great way to become more in tune with your environment.


**I do this one and it really helps bring me into the present moment


**Listen more

There are three different learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Everyone in your network falls into one of these categories.


**(very important tip, when you're not talking and focusing your attention here, it's an amazing experience on so many levels)


Curated by Jan Gordon, covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


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Beth Kanter's comment, March 7, 2012 8:20 AM
Fantastic article - thanks for finding