Blog #672 Overcoming Data

Information Overload – part V (but, really Covey’s Seven Habits)

In the discussion about information overload, I kept thinking about priorities and related topics which brought me to Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  If you are dealing with information overload, you need to be effective – maybe you need to be Highly Effective!!!

Many have seen the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, but today I’m going to write about them and information overload

-1 Be proactive

If Information overload is affecting you being proactive would mean that you are taking a positive approach to the problem.  What data/information is absolutely needed? Do an analysis of the situation. What data must you have? What data is nice to have?  And what data is almost worthless to you? Filter it out and narrow the information down.

-2 Begin with the end in mind

Okay – big picture – where are you going with all of this data.  Envision the end results – neatly finished.

I have had high blood pressure.  Yes, I treat the symptoms – but the ultimate result is lower blood pressure – which might include attitude and lifestyle changes as well as the medications.  I am cutting my salt intake and getting exercise.

-3 Put First Things First

Like the information overload discussion – prioritize your information.  

My pressure this morning was 169 over 94.  Yes, I could have less salt, yes, I could exercise, but the immediate situation was to get the pressure down – so I took an extra pill.  My latest reading was 132/68. My cardiologist said “nothing over 140”.

-4 Think Win/Win

In the information overload we talked about collaboration and delegating tasks.  Like the T.E.A.M. acronym – Together; Everyone; Achieves; More.

Companies (and life) is for teams – couples, families, businesses – working together to achieve a goal.  Make it a WIN/WIN!!

-5 Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

You need to know your goal; know the team, understand what the data means to the decision, and work from a solid informational base.  

For me, I needed to understand what high blood pressure could do to me (two years ago it meant I was tearing holes in my aorta!!)  Then I need to understand myself and my response from the data (daily taking of blood pressure).

-6 Synergize

When working with your data, can you get 2 plus 2 to equal 4?  Can you take data from diverse information and blends it into meaning information.  

-7 Sharpen the saw

Always be learning, always be adding more knowledge and understanding to you and your situation.  That might be formal education, it might be workshops, or it might be reading – but on the internet and not.  You can’t be static in life.

Are you familiar with the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People?  Can you relate to them in your life,your work, your situation?

Think on it!!!


Posted by Bruce White

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