Jenny once told me “information overload is filter failure.” She found this quote from a keynote by Clay Shirky. Basically, we have trouble filtering all the information that comes at us, and we leave professional development sessions going, “I am so overwhelmed.” Has this ever happened to you? I can definitely say that I have been there and done that! I went to NCTIES this past year and left each session trying to figure out to do EVERYTHING that the speakers were sharing. Not only is something like this pretty impossible, but it is also very stressful.
We like to use Diigo to filter new information we find on twitter. For example, let’s say you are out and see an article or link on twitter that looks really interesting. Instead of stressing, you can “favorite” the star on twitter and it can be sent straight to Diigo (allow this feature through the settings in Diigo). This allows you to go back and read it later when you have time.
IFTTT allows you to set up “recipes” for the internet to work for you. For example, if you get a lot of attachments through gmail, you can have your gmail automatically send Diigo (or Dropbox, or Google Drive) all your attachments so you don’t have to fish through your email to find certain documents. There are many other recipes as well. Here are some more great recipes to make your life easier.
The last tip I would like to give is a very simple one. When you go to a training, or conference, take notes on everything (on your mobile device of course!), but pick ONE to master and implement in your profession. Once you have mastered that one, look back at your notes saved so nicely on your mobile device and try another. I learned about IFTTT back in March, and I JUST started using it a month ago!
If we can help you filter your information feel free to contact us… happy filtering!!