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@HabitsGuy Steps to Eliminating INFORMATION OVERLOAD
Information is the cornerstone of any successful Internet business.
As an entrepreneur, you’re in the information business. You need it to thrive and survive.
The trick is to know how to synthesize information without wasting a lot of time.
Here are seven steps to help you get started:
Identify a Specific Skill To learn about something, you must identify what you need to learn.
Identify the key steps where you move towards mastery of that skill.
Here’s how to do this: 1. Write down the techniques that will improve your business. 2. Be specific with what you’d like to learn. 3. Make a list of everything you’d like to learn about a specific skill. That way, you’ll identify the key areas that need improving.
Create an Information Gathering System Use tools that help you save time and sort information in a rapid-fire manner.
Feed Reader Organize the feed reader. Create a few categories that are based on why you’ve added these sites.
Web Browser Create folders in your bookmarks that directly relate to the categories in your projects folder for easy follow-up on an idea whenever you do a monthly review.
Focus on One Concept at a Time Information is nothing without action.
Take what you just learned and immediately apply it. Don’t try to learn everything at once.
Identify that next skill or technique you’d like to develop and attack it!
Focusing on a single topic is the quickest path to instant authority.
Compile Actionable Information Include all relevant information into a specific project list.
A. Start with your feed reader. Go through the articles you’ve bookmarked in this category.
B. Check out different sites on the Internet: - Run a search on Google using the major keywords - Check out the PPC ads on the right - Join email lists relating to this topic - Watch content-filled YouTube videos - Listen to podcasts that discuss this topic
C. Read a few books/magazines on this topic. There might not be a lot written about this skill. But an ‘authority book’ on this subject can dramatically increase your learning curve.
D. Consider buying an information product on this subject. The best way to quickly learn a skill is to learn from someone who has mastered it.
Synthesize Your Notes Trim the fat! Simply take these notes and turn all of the information into a single document.
Eliminate redundancy and non-actionable items.
Focus on the steps that can be immediately applied to your Internet business.
Synthesizing information isn’t busy work. Instead it’s a great technique for internalizing what you’ve learned.
Create an Action Plan Take what you’ve learned and create two documents.
Reference: Annotate any supporting reference points you might need in the future, including any relevant diagrams and system processes. Action Plan: Put your notes into a series of actionable items.
Why is this step important? It gives you a step-by-step blueprint for action. A simple process is often the most effective.
Take Immediate Action Plans are nothing without action.
Schedule time blocks were you’ll work on this project.
You can put these items in your project list or make it a separate item in your weekly to-do list.
The important thing is to follow up on what you’ve just learned.
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