Do you feel like you need an umbrella to shield you from information overload? Me too.
“The road no longer diverges. It splits into millions of Internet tubes of options.”
The former statement is taken from the book, Twentysomething, which outlines the problems Millenials struggle with – decision fatigue from an ever expanding world of options. According to the book, the difference between when Baby Boomers and Millenials were twenty is the quantity and pacing of choices to be made.
I could not agree more.
It was not until my friend Jordan lent me a book called “Talent is Never Enough” by John C. Maxwell that I began to realize my problem with decision fatigue.
He really could not have given me a better book at the time. “Writers write. Composers compose. And leaders lead.” I am only interested in the first and the last, but I was struggling writing and leading prior to reading the book.
Anyone who knows me knows I have an incessant flow of new ideas. These waves of ideas are usually useless though because there are too many of them to implement at any one time. So what happens? I forget about the idea and move onto the next idea.
Do you ever feel like this? Overwhelmed with so much information that you forget how to actually get things done?
That is how I felt.
I blame the Google Panda update for my lack initiative (blaming is exactly what the book says not to do but for the sake of this article I had to type it).
Because Google’s Panda update requires companies to provide an influx of excellent content in order to get to the first page of Google. Before the update, there were never so many amazing and easily accessible nuggets of information – or maybe it was the fact that I had to look a bit harder for it before. I don’t know.
What I learned is that if I wanted to write and lead I needed to cut back on the eBooks and prioritize the information I consume.
I am finally writing again, and it feels great. Don’t let decision fatigue get the best of you. Take a step back, and ask yourself: Is this the most productive way to spend my time? Good luck.