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Input Overload

Is your inbox and LinkedIn feed filled with articles about how leaders should be navigating this new season? Yeah, mine is too.

It appears that businesses are being run by worn-out leaders who are learning what to do on the fly from thousands of experts giving advice. I suppose I am one of those offering you insights.

I will always be an advocate for learning new things and growing in knowledge. I read books and articles. I listen to podcasts. I watch webinars. I’m constantly sharing my love for a new podcast I discovered and touting the life-changing words of a book I just finished with my husband and friends. 😊

But to be honest, I’m at a point now where I’m overloaded with input! During quarantine, I had a lot of downtime that allowed for an abundance of input and I filled my mind with so much information. It’s time now that I find a way to output.

In other words, I need to declutter my mind and let go of what I don’t need. I’m simplifying my reading list (I’m currently reading 3 books), narrowing down my podcast library, and will refrain from getting sucked into articles with interesting headlines (wish me good luck).

My children are at an age where they understand the common phrase, “garbage in, garbage out.” Our family uses it in the context of how we can be affected by what our eyes see and our ears hear from all kinds of technology (video games, tv, movies, music) – for good or for ill.

The definition of "garbage in, garbage out" from the viewpoint of computer science is the concept that flawed, or nonsense input data produces nonsense output or "garbage".

Here are three questions to ask yourself:

1. Are you suffering from input overload, too?

2. Is it time for you to simplify and declutter your mind?

3. What 2 or 3 things can you remove that will free up space for you?

After you spend a few minutes in contemplation make time to do the things that came to your mind. You might find that you feel a little weight lifted off of your shoulders and mind. If you unsubscribe from a newsletter or unfollow someone, you can always resubscribe or refollow if you miss it after time.

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