A while back, in the throes of a bout of information tsunami, I lamented the fact that I couldn’t keep up, and as Dean states, it really wasn’t me that was failing, but rather the structures that I set up. Dina Strasser stated as much in the comments on that post when she said:
Consider the parallels to so much of our current curricula. Do our kids think better when we hand them breadth, not depth? So too with blog readers and other social media. You will not miss out on anything if you prune them. On the contrary, your thought will have that much more room to flourish, and seize upon the truly novel and challenging ideas that deserve your attention. Decide what your true upper limit of information is (ten blogs? fifty followers? more? less?)– in otherwords, how much you can take in at a sitting before feeling overwhelmed. Then make a commitment to stick to those limits. You may even wish to abandon some one or two media wholesale. Blogging and Facebook are it for me, for example. Twittering left me with mental caffeine-overdose-like shakes and I had to unsubscribe.
It is now much more for me about making very quick decisions about what information I have time for, and just letting go of the rest. Much like the changes in my department this year (we are no longer in charge of the IT within the district–more on that at a later juncture), it’s difficult to not have all of the answers or to not be the one who reads all the posts or links. That’s what the filters are for.
Dean recommends using others to help you find out what is important–the re-tweeting aspect is one I hadn’t thought of, but will use now. Each morning, I sift through both my reader and the links from the various Diigo groups I belong to. Between those two sources, I think I am keeping myself abreast of what is happening within my sphere, or as Dean suggests, my niche.