I have not been a contributor to any of those whom I rely on for inspiration in quite some time. This space, twitter, any of the Ning’s I belong to–all of them have been foreign to me. While a good many of the teachers who find it difficult to contribute during the year have truly blossomed (I have been reading) in their comments and reflections during these summer months, there hasn’t been much for me to say. Or, I haven’t had the motivation or the open thinking space in my days to make the effort.
See, I’ve reached a saturation point of sorts that I have been ignoring for a few weeks. My influx of information is at an all-time high; more resources, conversations, and ideas come at me on a daily basis than I ever thought possible when I started down this road a few years back, but my ability to handle them has not kept up. I need some pruning, and, actually, I need some tips on how to handle this overload.
A short time ago, I would have scoffed at the notion that I needed to figure out a way to handle all of the information coming my way. RSS, Diigo, social networks, etc. was a rush. Every day, sometimes multiple times a day I would gather the newest round of articles, links, quotes, or whatever my manual trolling brought in. Not so any more. I’ll admit it, I can’t keep up. There are too many of you now that have great ideas.
So I ask, what is the next level? I feel like I’ve just worked so hard to attain access to the Dragon Scroll, yet I don’t have enough inner knowledge to understand its message. Can anyone point me to resources that attack this next level of information mastery? Who has great systems in place for being discretionary about information?