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November 10, 2009 6:32 PM Subscribe
I'm being overloaded with information in my academic and digital lives - how do I separate the signal from the noise?
posted by SNWidget to Education (11 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
There are two areas in which I'm completely overwhelmed at any given moment.
1) My academic work. I'm a teaching fellow who's working on his Master's thesis. I get great ideas for both my classroom teaching and my academic research. Over and over. I'll jot these down, and then they'll disappear forever. I'll go to a conference, and get a million great ideas - and then lose them all, or be so overwhelmed with something else that I never get the chance to implement them. I default back to standard, which drives me up the wall.
2) My digital life. I try to stay on the forefront be reading blogs on a bunch of different topics. I have various recipes stared in Google Reader, MeFi favorites that I've been meaning to go back and read for ages, and various things like this.
How do I process all this information, and distill it down to something useful? I get so excited and enthusiastic about new techniques, research, and news, but then I fall apart because I can't apply it to anything due to time constraints, or even a good system to process it all.
Thanks in advance, HiveMind.