September 19, 2016

40 Better Hours day 1: Information overload

“I am a better journalist, a better person, when I do give myself time to think about what I’ve taken in.” — Manoush Zomorodi, Host and Managing Editor of WNYC’s Note to Self

Hello!
Welcome to 40 Better Hours week. We’re kicking things off with a topic we can all relate to: information overload.

It might seem ironic for us to talk about information overload when we’re asking you to read a newsletter, watch videos, check out resources, participate in Q&As and complete daily challenges, but bear with us. One of the biggest keys to combating information overload is mastering the art of single-tasking, a concept that Manoush Zomorodi explains in today’s video.

So today we’re asking you to watch the video — it’ll take 10 minutes of your time — with your full attention span. You can take notes or just enjoy the opportunity to do nothing else. Afterward, take a second to think about what you learned. We also hope you’ll join us on Poynter’s Facebook page for a Q&A with Manoush at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Let us know how it goes!
We’d love to hear about your experience of focusing fully on one task — in this case, watching Manoush’s video. Did you feel relaxed? Antsy? Did you retain more information than usual, or worry about what else you were missing? In a profession where multitasking is a valued skill, how do you think you might find more time to focus?

Share your experience on Twitter using #40BetterHours, or email us at hello@40betterhours.com. We’ll share some of the best responses in tomorrow’s newsletter.

Enjoy day one! We’re thrilled to have you on board.

Katie and Ren
Team #40BetterHours


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