How I Handle Information Overload

December 2010
by Jessica Tribble

« Back to Independent Articles

How I Handle Information Overload

by Jessica Tribble

Recent research has suggested that the Internet and our constant access to information have drastically reduced our productivity and our ability to stay focused. But as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel noted, “Just as food nourishes us and we need it for life, so too in the 21st century and the modern age, we need technology. You cannot survive without the communication tools; the productivity tools are essential.”

The book-publishing world is notoriously resistant to technology. We’ve been skeptical of e-readers. We still produce a product that is largely consumed as ink on paper. But I find that my ability to function in the publishing world has been drastically improved by the availability of technology.

Every morning, I sit down at my computer, I check my email, and I start plowing through the news. I use a blog aggregator or reader (specifically, I use Google Reader). This allows me to subscribe to a variety of blogs and sites that frequently update their content. The content is then streamed into my feed, where I can quickly browse through headlines and then click for more information.

Making My Virtual Rounds

First, it’s the general news. I …IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

Join Today!

« Back to Independent Articles

How to Get Involved!
Marketing Opportunities

From mailings to exhibits, see how IBPA's marketing programs help you grow your sales.

Educational Opportunities

Attend a seminar, ask an expert, and get more free advice with our educational programs.

Become a member

Access exclusive members-only benefits starting at just $10.