Here in the newsroom we get a barrage of press releases daily, but one announcing that today is Information Overload Awareness Day really caught my attention.
I have to admit, I am addicted to information.
My iPhone is mainly to blame. I am constantly texting, checking email, Facebook, Tweeting, etc. even while watching CNN and trying to read that tiny news ticker at the bottom of the screen.
Here are a few interesting statistics sent to me by workplace productivity expert Marsha Egan. She has a 12-step program for people like me. She says:
· 58% of U.S. government and education workers spend almost half their workday filing, deleting, or sorting paper or digital information.
· The 9-5 work day is dead. 72% of Americans check emails in bed, on sick days, and during vacation. (I admit do doing all three! My mom has even taken my phone away from me on vacation when I wouldn't stop checking email)
· The U.S. economy loses 900 billion dollars annually due to lowered productivity caused by information overload.
On Egan's website, http://www.inboxdetox.com/, you can sign up for regular emails telling you how to detox your inbox....although that in itself seems like something that would contribute to clogging up my inbox, which already has 3,800 items in it!