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October 3, 2014
Ever since I left my full time job, I have become a bit of an information addict. I love to learn about what's going on in the world and in my city, as well as in the world of life coaching, positive psychology, marketing for entrepreneurs, neuroscience as it relates to behavior and the process of change... to name just a few of the topics that can catch my eye. Add to that the information I glean from Facebook—news about all my friends and their lives, and the plethora of news and human interest stories and articles from the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, the local papers and great blogs that my friends write. Oh, and then there are the scads of email subscriptions that I seemingly willfully invited into my inbox—because each one in itself is something I really want to read. It's become a bit of a problem though, because the exposure to all this information can make me feel rather scattered, unfocused and overloaded. I start to feel as though I am channel surfing through life and skimming the surface of all these really interesting topics. I am getting overwhelmed just listing these, and I imagine some of you are plagued by the same overload!

Last week I had a near meltdown when my computer crashed and the backup wasn't being very cooperative. Good news is that it did eventually cough up all my history and work, and within a few days I was back up to speed. But I decided that I needed to pare it down, step back, and decide what I really want to focus on, knowing that it can't be everything. I have a ways to go—but thought I might suggest we take that journey together through this article. I'm starting be deleting thousands of old emails and unsubscribing to items I usually push 'delete' on before even opening anyway!

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Overloaded? Try an Information Fast

Imagine the sweet tooth or sugar addict abstaining from sugar, prohibited from eating fruit until balance is restored in the body. Imagine the initial cravings, the edginess, the withdrawal symptoms.

It could be just as difficult at first to take a break from ingesting information. As a culture, we've grown accustomed to consuming vast quantities of facts, figures and current events.

Just think of the sources of information we mainline every day: newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, books, blogs, websites, email, social media sites, podcasts, discussion lists, reports, teleclasses, webinars, conferences, workshops, presentations. The list goes exhaustingly on.

We are stuffing our minds and, like the sugar addict, we think we like it. They're interesting, all these things we learn, the world events we follow.

But what do we miss when there is almost no time that we are quiet with our own thoughts and self-generated activities? How much better could we focus on our tasks at hand, working faster and more productively, and how would that add to our lives? What might we discover that is more important than the mountain of information we take in every day?

The steps below can help you create more balance around information. Begin with a full fast, and then add things back in a strategic way, taking care to add only what truly serves you.

Make a list. Write down every source of information that comes to you automatically or that you voluntarily tune into. Refer to the partial list of info sources above to jog your awareness.

Turn it off. Turn off the morning talk show as you dress for work and the news while you commute. Take a pass on the evening news or your favorite interview show. Listen to music.

Unsubscribe. Be ruthless. If after a week or month you still miss emails from a particular organization, you can always re-subscribe.

Make another list. This time, list all the things you love to do, especially those you say you never have time for. Keep this list visible. When you free up time and mental space, you'll be more able to pursue your interests and hobbies.

A complete information fast need only last a week or so, but the balance it restores will last a lot longer. To get through the initial "withdrawal" just keep focusing on what you want in the bigger picture of your life.

Author's content used with permission, © Claire Communications

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Words to Ponder
"I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up."
- Erma Bombeck
With a background in education, social work, and psychology, I understand the various ways that people are motivated to change. Throughout my career, I have promoted growth and development, healing, and change. I have worked as an educator and psychotherapist and have provided training, workshops, and professional development programs.

As a Life Coach, I work with professionals, artists, and entrepreneurs who get stuck in the routines and busyness of everyday life. Some have postponed or been derailed from their personal or professional goals, but are motivated to reclaim their lives and live more in accordance with their core values. Others simply value the notion of 'not going it alone' and see the benefits of working with a coach to achieve more than what they could do on their own. I help people envision their future and identify what they most want and need in order to thrive. I help them overcome their obstacles so that they can spend their time and energy more intentionally. By working together, my clients reach beyond what they thought was even possible and actively create more meaningful personal and or work lives.

I live in Toronto with my wonderful partner, and we have two incredible and talented teenagers.
Paula Klein
Life Coach and Social Worker (MSW)

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