With the Christmas holidays and time off for the new year, many of us start taking stock of our lives and the changes we want and need to make. One of those is how much junk and/or information we are bombarded with.

If your house is anything like mine, you’ll probably get at least one letter a month to the ‘homeowner’ that’s packed with offers for broadband, flyers for supermarket chains and more requested information you have not requested.

That coupled with emails and spam texts and it starts to get a little overwhelming. Sorting out the junk is a job in itself – as if being a working mum wasn’t keeping you busy enough.

You’re not completely blameless
You know in yourself that once a upon a time, you signed up for a newsletter to get a freebie, and you be eve got round to cancelling it. There will be a number of those still sending you emails today. When you started researching a particular area of interest, you were probably ecstatic to soak up all of the information and resources available, but now it’s just too much to handle.

How to deal with it
Overcoming information overload isn’t difficult, but it can take some time before you can sift through things. The best way to overcome all of that information is by taking everything one by one. Don’t confuse yourself by trying learning everything all at one time – it’s better to pace yourself.

Turn your learning into a project
When trying to learn a new area of interest, or when researching a business idea, you should definitely invest in a dedicated notebook, so you can take notes and it makes it easier to strip out all the extra bumf of information you don’t need. It means you don’t have to bookmark and sign up to every single website you come across that has a little bit of information – just take what you need and leave the rest.

Find a mentor
Mentors that are worth their salt will be able to help guide you to your new career or business idea so you don’t have to trawl through hours of research, and it will save you a lot of time, money and mistakes.

Take your time
Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to absorb everything in one go – remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day! If you are serious about making a success out of what you’re doing then take your time and learn to the tools of your trade properly. This also means you take it step by step and don’t try to cram all the information into your mind in one go.

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