You can see it in the way people use their computers. We don’t use keyboards anymore, we use our fingers and mouse devices to read through information. Are we gaining more knowledge. The debate is out. Are we becoming more informed about the news happening around us. Certainly yes! Today, there are many sources for news. We spend an enormous amount of time collecting information for work, our interests and to assist us in our day-to-day activities.
I am not saying we should stop gathering information, all I am just saying we should be gaining information for a purpose and watch our time closely so it does not slip away from us.
Here is another way of looking at this topic,
“What if we took half of the time we spend gathering, reading and processing the information and actually applied it in a more constructive manner”
Sharing Information with others
I work with an employee who reads articles and shares them with his employees. He takes the time to copy them and put hard copies in our mail boxes.
There are others I follow on Twitter and Linkedin who share some really great information on topics I am interesting in.
Instead of always reading, why not read and apply the information by writing content for a blog site. From here, you will actually apply the knowledge read and hopefully add additional information with respect to your company or professional experience.
Talk about Information You Have Read
Some of the best departmental meetings have come as the result of all participants reading an article at the meeting or watching a short video on a particular topic.
I am finding that people are wasting more and more time reading online information at their desks. Don’t fall into this trap. Be a productive reader and have a purpose when reading articles. Set an alarm and make sure you manage your time wisely. Try writing more and incorporating information into your writing, whether its for a meeting, presentation a blog site or studying a particular topic. Gather information and manage it and you will be amazed at how much more productive you can be.