Is Information Overload Keeping You From Learning Deeper? Part 1

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Is Information Overload Keeping You From Learning?Living in the Information Age can be awesome for writers.

But you know what’s not so awesome? Having all those tips, insights, and roadmaps at your fingertips, and realizing you simply don’t have the time or energy to get through them all.

A recent poll of freelance writers reported that 42% of respondents (the majority) felt their greatest daily challenge was getting overwhelmed by all the things to learn and read.

As writers, we’re more dedicated than most to continuous learning. In order to develop as professionals, we sign up for newsletters and helpful membership sites like Wealthy Web Writer. This is a great thing!

But the downside is that we can sometimes burn ourselves out.

How do we keep learning without falling victim to information overload? And how can we actually digest what we’re reading, when there’s so much material and so little time?

In this two-part series, I’ll outline a simple, step-by-step strategy for focusing your energies and learning “deeper.”

By concentrating on the quality — and controlling the quantity — of your study time, you’ll get more out of your memberships and newsletter subscriptions. You’ll feel that you’re truly absorbing the information, instead of letting it wash over you or overwhelm you.

In the first half of this two-part series, I’ll show you a five-step process for gathering your most valuable resources and organizing them according to your goals. Part 2 will cover how to better process and remember what you read.

Step 1: Scan newsletters for articles or webinars of interest to you.

When you receive an e-letter update or newsletter, like the one from Wealthy Web Writer, open the email and skim the contents. Notice what’s featured, what’s new, or what’s been pulled out of the archives as related content.

Open anything that catches your eye in a separate tab.

The same idea applies if you’re working directly from the website — for example, the Wealthy Web Writer archives. Skim the headlines and teasers for things that make you think, “Hey, I could use that!” Then open them in new tabs.

(If you’re working on a front-to-back program, like AWAI’s Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting, skip ahead to Step 5.)

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This article is part of the Information Overload series.

Series Table of Contents:

  1. Is Information Overload Keeping You From Learning Deeper? Part 1 (This Article)
  2. Is Information Overload Keeping You From Learning Deeper? Part 2

Randi Anderson

Randi is an English language teacher and freelance web writer specializing in content for writers, travelers and language learners.

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