Why did I love this book?
I like this book because the authors have unearthed powerful insights. In one Reuters study, they say, of slightly more than 1,300 business managers in Europe, the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Australia, 33% of managers were suffering ill health as a direct result of information overload. Nearly two-thirds reported that tension with colleagues and diminished job satisfaction were directly related to the stress of information overload. A majority also admitted that their social and personal relationships have suffered as a result of the stress of having to cope with too much information. That kind of information puts in perspective what so many career professionals experience all too often.
The book delves into territory to which we can all relate, citing, for example, that many managers feel increasing technology leads to loss of privacy, information inundation, and erosion of face-to-face contact. And who among us is happy to have to continually learn new skills, or to be passed over for promotion because others coming up the ladder are more technologically savvy?
The payoff of this book is a potpourri of ideas to get back in control. The authors offer viable ways to minimize the stress you might experience if you're working in a potentially interruption-laden environment. You can ask yourself questions such as do I really need to know now? Do I really want to know now? And do I really want the interruption that might occur once I know?"