And as for me? During the course of researching this article, I've examined how I handle information overload, and I've tried several tools to help me organize all the information coming in. I tried pouring all my dates and contacts into online calendars (like When.com and DailyDrill.com) and panicked when the one I had settled on (AnyDay.com) crashed for a day. Now I'm working with a Handspring Visor, a handheld PC created by the makers of the Palm Pilot, which lets me share a calendar, contacts and the like between the computer in my home office and everywhere else I am.
It's been great so far. Yesterday, it only took me 19 minutes to enter a phone number. But down the road, when I'm away from my office and I can get to that phone number, I think I'm going to enjoy it. I'm still a victim of information overload, but my load is getting lighter.
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.