El próximo miércoles 20 de octubre será el Information Overload Awareness Day .

Information Overload describes an excess of information that results in the loss of ability to make decisions, process information, and prioritize tasks. Organizations of all shapes and sizes have already been significantly impacted by information overload, a problem that costs the U.S. economy $900 billion per year in lower productivity and throttled innovation according to research from Basex.

In conjunction with the observance of Information Overload Awareness Day, Basex, InboxDetox.com, the Information Overload Network, and the Information Overload Research Group have issued a joint challenge to knowledge workers everywhere: starting October 20th, send 10% fewer e-mail messages. The average knowledge worker receives 93 e-mail messages per day and many are unnecessary. If every knowledge worker in the U.S. were to send 10% fewer messages, the cost of Information Overload would be reduced by as much as $180 billion per year.

Below are some simple recommendations on what knowledge workers can do starting October 20th (or earlier) to reduce the amount of Information Overload for us all.

Here’s what workers can do in the areas of e-mail and search:

E-mail
1.) Send only those e-mails, IMs, and texts that have to be sent. This includes replies.
2.) Only use reply-to-all when absolutely necessary.
3.) Cut back on the number of recipients in the “to” and “cc” fields.
4.) Resist the urge to forward.

Search
1.) Use more and better keywords to narrow your search.
2.) Use Boolean search arguments such as “not” and “near” to cut down on results.

Puedes incluso comprobar tus niveles de infoxicación con este test: Basex Information Overload Self Assessment Tool.