How to Use Your Favorite Questions to Deal with Information Overload

Write down some of your own favorite problems…phrase them as open-ended questions…use your list…to make decisions about what to capture [or note].

Tiago Forte

Try to come up with and use your favorite questions to deal with information overload. They help you decide what to keep and what to toss.

I’m guessing that answering emails is not your favorite pastime. Email is supposed to be a convenient delivery tool. Has it become a messy storage place for your obligations and tasks? It isn’t surprising it is a source of stress.

As a smart and caring person, you are likely to have information overload not just from email but from other people, social media, and other media sources.

In Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential*, Tiago Forte shares this way to filter information.

It’s helpful to start with these guidelines. As you encounter pieces of information, quotes or data, you can know ahead of time what you want to keep. You won’t need to make a choice with each encounter. This helps to avoid decision fatigue!

Moreover, you’re also not stuffing everything into a huge storage warehouse, but you’re building a tidy file cabinet. More specifically, you can, at the very least, have one folder for each favorite question. So retrieval becomes easier, too.

Now, the important step: What are the 12 favorite questions in your life right now?

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