The Problem With Too Much Information / by Krista Boivie

Part of what drives me as a wannabe is the fact that I am obsessed with acquiring knowledge.  This was a useful skill in school, but has proven to be a hindrance as an adult.

Sherlock Holmes said it best in A Study in Scarlet- 

I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it.

I have been a fool, dumping random information into my brain thinking this would make me more productive, successful and dynamic.  In reality, it has made me more indecisive, harried and overwhelmed.  My desire to use my accumulated information has brought on the following pattern. I jump into a new project, only to abandon the project I was currently working on.  Then repeat this cycle again and again.

In my last post, I said my intention for 2014 is to focus on my health, business and recording my life.  I am going to add one more to the list, and that is to use the information I have already acquired.   I have spent hundreds of dollars buying information projects/classes online to learn new skills or to better myself.  I will not be purchasing any new information in 2014 until I have applied and completed all the courses I have.  As I begin to work through the courses I will post my findings and results.  

What new skill/information have you come across recently that you have been waiting to use and apply? Let me know in the comment section below.