Tipsheet: Too Much Information

Too Much Information

Do you feel bombarded with information? Advertising shouts for your attention wherever you turn. Friends, family and colleagues clamor for your attention. And the books, magazines, blogs, and websites that you "must" check every day: are you approaching an overload condition? We’re wired to be curious, and we’re wired to avoid unecessary risk; information satisfies both of these drives, so we often seek it out. But is there ever a time when we have too much?

If you’ve spent time talking to the younger generations, you may have heard the expression "TMI", or Too Much Information. Usually it means that you have shared one personal detail too many, and that the information is both unnecessary, and (in their eyes), unappetizing. The TMI concept is incredibly rich, and is one that we should keep in mind as we willingly force feed ourselves TMI every day.

This week’s action item: Define TMI for yourself. When you think you have enough information, stop gathering, and start acting.

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Randall Craig has founded several successful start-ups, held a long-time position at a “big-four” consulting firm, and was an executive at an American public company. He currently serves as the 108 ideaspace CEO and chief strategist. Randall has been advising on digital strategy since 1994: he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail’s GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, and about 100+ other major organizations.

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