Stop the Flood: Managing Information Overload

Real Estate Sales Representative with Royal LePage / Pro Ledger Online Software

Information overload is when you get too much information to be able to deal with it well.

It is a challenge that has become more common in the digital age.  According to recent research findings, eight in ten (80%) of respondents experience information overload.

So, what are the effects of too much information? According to Psycology Today...

"Information overload can lead to real feelings of anxiety, feeling overwhelmed and powerless, and mental fatigue. It can also lead to cognitive issues such as difficulty making decisions or making hasty (often bad) decisions."

As we know, anxiety, fatigue and bad or hasty decisions can lead to all kinds of work problems for a real estate agent. Not to mention the potential mental health and relationship complications that come from being overwhelmed constantly with too much information.

What can be done? ... here are a few tips that can help:

  • Minimize notifications on your devices. These "push" notifications are almost always a bad idea. Too often, you end up getting unwanted information that you are not seeking. This causes you to multitask and lose focus on what we are doing.

  • Prioritize information. Identify and focus on the most significant and relevant information first, while rejecting or deferring less important information. This can aid in reducing the amount of data that must be processed, making it more manageable.

  • Set Boundaries. This can include setting time limits for activities like checking email, skimming through social media, and watching the news.

  • Practice "mindfulness". Pay attention to your thoughts, stress and anxiety levels, you can then take steps to back away accordingly.

  • Schedule in "digital detox." Disconnecting from technology for certain periods of time, such as during meals, weekends, vacations, or before bed, can be very healthy. This helps you reduce the amount of information that needs to be processed and gives your mind a break from constant stimulation.

What have you done to prevent or manage information overload? Share in your thoughts and ideas as a comment below.

Comments (8)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Steve - when the unintended consequence dam breaks, it's natural to wonder if it's man-made.   Meanwhile looking for ways to manage information continues.   

Feb 02, 2023 07:04 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


These are excellent tips to help cope with information overload, and hopefully prevent it, or at least minimize it.

I bet plenty of people don't recognize the signs, or maybe feel they just have to accept it's part of daily life!



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Feb 02, 2023 09:21 AM
Steve Penner

thanks Jeff.. yes when busy it's harder to be "mindful".

Feb 02, 2023 11:19 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Steve I started stopping the 'flood' a long time ago by simply staying off SM most of the time. I'm not one to be constantly looking at SM as I notice almost everyone around me is doing.  I'm sure I wrote a post or two about this very subject awhile back. I also stopped the flow of news as it's the same thing over and over and over. And we have a pact with our close friends to no talking about politics either - for the most part. Breathe folks - just breathe.  You're life will be much sweeter by actually connecting with people in person and simply enjoying their company!  The old fashioned way works!

Feb 02, 2023 11:29 AM
Steve Penner

Great comments! .. and the pact excellent idea as it helps to be accountable. I hear you about hearing the same thing over and over again. Thanks for the comments!


Feb 02, 2023 12:09 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Steve the pact is more about we're all just tired of hearing all the BS and w stuff!!  Way more fun now!

Feb 02, 2023 02:31 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Steve- I check FB and Instagram for probably 5 minutes a day, rarely more. It can be too easy to fall down the rabbit hole of information if you're to careful. 

Feb 02, 2023 07:31 PM
Steve Penner

setting a time limit makes good sense


Feb 02, 2023 07:41 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Information overload is real and can be curtailed easily by setting the phone aside. I have been keeping my phone at more than arms length ... a little out of sight -- out of mind.  If it rings I can quickly pick up.  But I am finding my time better used as I stay away from the onslaught of social media distractions!

Feb 06, 2023 08:49 AM
Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent information. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed weekend. It is easy to get info overload.

Feb 10, 2023 06:52 AM
Steve Penner

Certainly is!

Feb 10, 2023 07:05 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Really appreciate this post!  Thanks to my I-phone, I've added a spam blocker that stops those constant phone calls if they aren't in my database.  When I tell someone they must be in my database in order to bypass this software, they look surprised.  What realtor would stop incoming calls.  This one!  I can always call them back :) 

Mar 09, 2023 10:05 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'm so glad that Will Hamm re-bogged your post as I missed it. Information overload is a real challenge that has become so prevalent in the digital age. I rarely listen to the news because its not the's always slanted by our news media and their agenda. 

Apr 22, 2023 07:01 AM