The quiet sound I hear every day-over the rumbling of my fax machine, the pinging of my e-mail alert, and the chatter of CNN-is my brain. Exploding.
I am a victim of information overload.
But aren't we all? Remember the good old days-like, five years ago-when we had one phone line? Today, I have three: one personal line, a second for my home office and a third for my fax machine. A cable line brings in my Internet service. At any given moment, I'm under siege by e-mails, snail mails, phone calls and packages sent via UPS, Fed-Ex and Airborne Express.
Information overload. It might be anything from a newspaper article to a phone call from your chatty Uncle Marvin. And there really is no one solution to this onslaught of information. Just like the information you choose (and don't choose) to receive, the solution to your problem will be tailor-made to fit your business and your working style. But with ruthless perseverance, homebased entrepreneurs can stay informed without being overwhelmed. Here are a few ideas on how to avoid becoming overwhelmed by all the information jockeying for your attention every day.
Geoff Williams frequently contributes to Entrepreneur magazine. He freelances out of his home office during the afternoons, and spends his mornings writing human-interest stories at The Cincinnati Post.
Geoff Williams has written for numerous publications, including Entrepreneur, Consumer Reports, LIFE and Entertainment Weekly. He also is the author of Living Well with Bad Credit.