I get up at 6:00 am, turn the coffee pot on (I get it ready the night before, so I have a fresh, hot cup of coffee in 3 minutes or less). At 6:05ish, I sit down at my desk, and for the next 30 minutes I'm reading emails, prioritizing emails, deleting emails, and responding to any that require immediate responses.
And as I said, this is just in the first 30 minutes of my day. This same routine happens several times a day. I really need to learn how to let emails go (at least a little).
Here's some stats from the Information Overload Day site:
- A minimum of 28 billion hours is lost each year to Information Overload in the United States.
- Reading and processing just 100 e-mail messages can occupy over half of a worker’s day.
- It takes five minutes to get back on track after a 30 second interruption.
- For every 100 people who are unnecessarily copied on an e-mail, eight hours are lost.
- 58 percent of government workers spend half the workday filing, deleting, or sorting information, at an annual cost of almost $31 billion dollars.
- 66 percent of knowledge workers feel they don’t have enough time to get all of their work done.
- 94 percent of those surveyed have felt overwhelmed by information at some point to the point of incapacitation.
I find that I have to remember so many things — passwords, phone numbers, dates, appointments, and on and on. It's just too much! You know what I mean? I found this infographic that sounded all to familiar to me:
So for today, I am going to try to be a little more relaxed and not stress out over all the things that I need to do. It will be here tomorrow.