Even though I haven't consciously added to my sources of incoming information (no new Facebook friends, no recent blogs added to my Google Reader account), have consciously disconnected myself from some information streams like Twitter, and haven't (at least yet) gotten into newer social media like Google+ and Foursquare the stream of information hitting my consciousness seems to be at flood levels.
Part of it is the number of family and friend situations that have occurred this year, each with its own stream of emails and texts. Part of it is a schedule of work and community activities that leaves less and less time to deal with the flood.
I love the "mind map" that Beth shares in her post. It's created by Howard Rheingold and outlines ways to cope with information overload:
I'm doing some of these things - I make pretty effective use of ituals and habits and I've gotten much better about managing my space, but I need to get much more disciplined in areas like managing email and detoxing from technology.
Like Beth I think I need to print out the map and keep it at my desk.
How about you - are you also feeling that the flood of information in your life is reaching new high water marks? How are you coping?