I did some work cleaning up my email in-box this weekend.
It was longgggg overdue.
And hey, all you people out there Twittercating about how you have a "zero" inbox. I want you to look at me as I hold up that big "L" over my forehead.
You see the "L?" Right there over my forehead? You see it?? You getting the message?
Actually, I'm just jealous.
I haven't seen a Zero inbox since sometime back in 1999.
I fantasize about hitting "Select all" and then blowing up the whole frickin' thing, but I never do it.
Yeah, I know. I'm holding the "L" up over my own forehead.
I'm also guilty of the whole obsessive/compulsive email thing, especially now that my corporate inbox comes right to my Blackberry.
Apparently I'm not alone.
If you're a knowledge worker, recent research data from RescueTime would suggest you check your email 50 times a day.
Oh, it gets better. You check your instant messaging 77 times.
And you visit an average of 40 Web sites.
When the heck does anybody get any work done around here, anyhow?
Okay, so I'm from headquarters and I'm here to help.
The first thing is this: You gotta admit you have a problem. That's always the first step.
It includes an overview of the Information Overload Research Group, of which IBM Research's John Tang is a member.
I know, I know, now we have yet another group we have to follow, piling on the information overload. But somebody has to go out and figure out how to get info unloaded, right?
Finally, once you've gotten the 50,000 foot view, we at IBM are prepared to offer you up some actionable strategies, both at the personal and the enterprise level.
Crafted by leading Web thinker and information usability guru Jakob Nielsen, we pass along some recommended coping strategies that will hopefully provide some things to do to keep the overload from overcoming your mental levees.
If you don't do anything else today, read these recommended coping strategies.
You can also learn how to take a more social computing oriented approach to collaboration using IBM's Lotus Connections. When everybody shares, the overload can evolve into organizational insight.
As for me...well, my inbox just rang...and....well...I don't know how to say no.
I know...I know...go ahead....say it....LOSER!