Are you an information junkie? Ripping the needle out and taking action

information junkie

When you’re a sheep you can never get too much.

Do you ever feel like you have an information needle stuck in you?

Is the amount of information you inject slowing your action?

I don’t mind it as long as I DO something with it. That is the real question though, what do you do with the information that you get? Do you take action? I know I don’t always.

So what exactly is an information junkie?

An information junkie is someone who just needs their fix for the day. ‘Just one more blog man’. I just gotta get it in my brain.

Imagine someone having an information tube hooked straight up to your vein.

Someone who just can’t get enough because to them it’s never enough.

You might be an information junkie if

  • You realize it’s lunchtime, and you don’t know where the time went.
  • You subscribe to over 200 blogs and read all of them.
  • You Love reading, but not so much of a doer.
  • You wake up start reading and don’t have any breakfast until hours later.

If you have any of these symptoms, you might be an information junkie.

What can you do about it?

Well if you’re running a business, you need to get your act together. Otherwise, your business will fail.

Some people have a similar problem called analysis paralysis. It’s equally dangerous.

So, what can we do to get off the information needle?

Take action

Taking action is the most important thing you do. If you read a number of blogs like I do, you have to take action or nothing gets done.

Your business will not grow, your sales will plummet, your cows won’t get fed. Nothing.

Rip that information needle out and take action.

How can you take action on what you read?

Take notes

Note taking is a bit of a lost art for many, but it’s still one of the most valuable things you can do.

During my teaching degree, one of the professors suggested we do what’s called in the teaching world, “active reading.”

Active reading is making notes in the margin(if it’s paper), underlining important information, or paraphrase important information by writing down.

Basically, you’re not passively reading the information. You’re actively engaging your brain with what you’re reading.

Also, actively reading helps you remember what you read.

Nowadays, you could use a program like Evernote which functions as your cloud based notebook. Any other program will work as well, but paper and pencil work just as well.

I use a paper and pen to write important tidbits. I call them things worth writing down.

Tom Ewer touched on this same topic not too long ago.

Exit ticket

This is yet another tactic used in teachers college.

Before you leave the post you’re reading you must write something that you learned from the post. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, it could just be, “Iain went to teachers college.”

By thinking about what you just read, your brain has to register all the information you just dumped into it.

Think of it as a check you can do to make sure that you actually read it. It ensures you don’t get the what-the-hell-did-I-just-read feeling.

Summarize for a friend

It’s simple, all you need to do is summarize what you just read to a friend. Alternatively, you can just summarize the post for yourself.

This helps to process the information better.

Final thoughts

Taking action doesn’t have to be write an epic post, but you do need to do something.

Now that you have read this post. I’d love to hear what you have to say about this.

Leave a comment with one thing that you learned from the post.

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Comments

  1. Iain,

    I once read that if you take notes, even if you never read them it will help with your retention. Seems that the mere ACT of “writing this down” burns the subject deeper into your brain.

    Now I get it… the phenomenon is ‘active reading’.

    Heh… kind of ironic that I’m s’posed to read LESS… take out the needle… yet here I am on yet ANOTHER new blog! That’s awright though; like you mentioned I’m being selective.

    This was a quality post Iain! You asked if I have suggestions but none so far.

    What is your favorite of your own work, a post that you are proudest of regardless of the number of hits to it or comments? I’d love to read it and see the writer’s soul (you). Let me know. In the meantime,

    Keep Stepping!

    Kurt

  2. As someone who loves consuming information its definitely a struggle I have. I always make sure whenever I sit down to do work I have a list of the tasks I am going to complete in the order I am going to complete them. My rule is also email, reading, research is never at the top of the list. Great tips and great site!

    • Iain Robson says:

      Having a list of things to do when you sit down is a great way to help keep yourself focussed.

      I use a to do list program that helps guide me.

      In terms of email, some people have started looking at it at the end of the day as a way of mitigating the amount of time you spend on it.

      Thanks for the kind words Jon.

      Hope to see you around more.

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