Why information overload is good for me
Posted by Sri Subramanian (@whosissri) on August 24, 2011
Wikipedia defines knowledge worker as one who uses “research skills to define problems and to identify alternatives. Fueled by their expertise and insight, they work to solve those problems, in an effort to influence company decisions, priorities and strategies.” We can’t define these problems, if we don’t have information. Hence the term knowledge worker.
As a young grad student, I learned quickly that information came through books, and peer reviewed journals and articles, which I diligently read. Email was just chatter to get through the daily mill of little things, and the less time I spent on email, the better.
This has changed.
Today, a good bit of my information comes through informal conversations, email, blog posts, twitter, RSS feeds, and such. In order to keep up, I need to view these, not as getting in the way of work, but enabling work. I have learned to quickly glean through what is coming my way, to find my nuggets. I have also learned not to sweat what I miss.
If I do unto others, as I would like others to do unto me: my mantra is no longer “prune the email cc list, and don’t spam everyone”. Today’s mantra is “improve the email’s subject line, and send it to more people”.