Archive for information overload
On the internet, books, self help learning courses and tutorials are abundant. You can find all types of different topics, related to home based business to learn about from time management and networking to having the right mindset and technical techniques.
I am one who loves to learn. I ooh and aah when the latest courses and books come out that interest me and you might do the same. As someone who works from home I know that there is a lot of competition out there and I try to expand my knowledge by learning all that I can.
However there should be boundries, even when it comes to learning. Too much of a good thing can be bad.
You might ask yourself how can learning ever be bad?
Learning can be bad when:
It causes you to suffer from information overload. Which simply means there is so much for you to learn that you wind up feeling frustrated, more confused than when you started and overwhelmed. Because of this you accomplish nothing.
You don’t know whether you are coming or going because you are involved in so many different courses that you really aren’t learning anything. You’re not applying what you learn because each course is telling you to do something different and you don’t know who to listen to or where to start.
When you have so many self help books on your bookcase and harddrive that it would take you years to read them all.
When it causes you to be unproductive in your business because you don’t have time for anything but courses and ebooks on various topics and strategies.
When it hurts you financially because you are addicted to buying the latest book, video set or membership.
In this industry it is all too easy to get caught up financially and overloaded with information, especially when you are new.
Learning is a good thing because it expands the mind, storing the information to help you to apply what you learn at a later date. But, you’re only learning if you have time to take in and process the information. You can’t take out (apply) what you never put in.
Now I don’t want to deter you from learning because I am huge on learning and bettering oneself but I do want you to think before you get involved. Don’t just buy because you think it’s the hottest thing or everyone else is doing it. It doesn’t help you one bit if you never take the time to absorb the information.
Investigate: Figure out what the course, book or video tutorial system is about. Can it help you to get further in your business? Does it apply to you? Is it something you are really interested in learning? If you can’t answer yes to these questions, then move on to something else.
Take the time to investigate to see if the system or course is a scam. Are there many satisfied or disgruntled customers? If the course is brand new, take a look at some of their past products. Do their customers feel that it is worth the money, do they rave about the product overdelivering or do they feel that it is shoddy and not worth paying for? You can save yourself time and money by doing a little investigating.
You will also want to factor in if applying the information is within your budget. For example, it’s pointless to buy a book on PPC if you know that you can’t afford to pay for pay per click advertising. It would be more to your advantage to wait until you can to purchase a pay per click advertising informational product to learn about it in depth and instead buy something that you can immediately put to use, which is the whole point of learning something.
Why buy it if you can’t apply it? If you are just curious, find articles written by reputable authors instead of wasting money on something that can’t help you.
Everything isn’t for everybody and that doesn’t mean that the information is bad. It just means that it’s not for you or not for you right now. Your situation could change and what you might not be ready to learn or may not have time for could easily fit into your schedule later, so don’t feel bad if you don’t have the time right now.
Use moderation: You may find that there are numerous ebooks and courses that can help with the niche you are in. If you buy an ebook or two or three actually read them before going on to buy number four, five, ten and twenty.
I am big on reading and I love to learn and improve myself. I now take time to think before I invest in a tutorial system, ebook or online course because I have been guilty of purchasing too many books or courses without having enough time to implement them all.
Now I ask myself the before mentioned questions before purchasing. I give myself a day or so to think about it after I decide that the information it contains can help me, sometimes I take longer than that because I want to be sure.
If I still feel strongly about purchasing I do but if I feel like it isn’t so important to me after all, I don’t. If I decide at a later date that I have the time I can always get it later.
I don’t have a problem learning more than one thing at a time but I have always been that way. I can read several books at the same time without losing track or getting mixed up but everyone isn’t that way. Some can only concentrate on one thing at a time and that’s perfectly okay.
Know yourself and figure out how much you can handle. Even though I can handle more than one thing at a time it doesn’t mean that I can handle 10 or 20 things at once.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Take bite sized chunks that you can handle and move on to more once you have completed when you were learning.