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How much time do you spend surfing the Internet, collecting information on your hobbies, special Interests, or business?

Maybe you subscribe to important newsletters, 'How-To do stuff' web sites, article services, financial reporting services, and other Information Rich sources.

Many of us spend enjoyable hours on the Internet, reading and collecting the special information that excites our interests, and then save pages and pages of information that we feel we must really keep for some future special use.

If you're an Information Addict (I am), your computer hard drives and even your desks, files cabinets, and book shelves are probably overflowing with papers you might even forget you saved.
The age that we live in is called the information age and the Internet is the information superhighway.

If you're an e-business owner, it's possible that you've been run over on the information superhighway. Unfortunately, the traffic is often so heavy that it's difficult to get up! The information just keeps coming and coming and coming.

Have you ever felt ready to throw your hands in the air and yell for help? Have you wondered what can be done about all of the information coming at us all at once? What strategies can be used to manage the flow of information so that you only have to deal with the important stuff?

First, let's look at what information you've got coming at you:

If you're online all day long, there's a good chance that a lot of it is from browsing around the Internet, looking for information that you can use. Perhaps you get lots and lots of emails from people (as well as spam)...including vendors, customers, family, and friends.

If you have a business, you probably get reports from your advertising efforts, like Google Adwords, and there may be times (like when you own several websites) that you have to manage such information as domain registrars, hosting problems, etc.

The first thing you want to do is deal with the flow coming in:

Before reading any information, give it a quick glance and decide if it's critical to your personal interests or business efforts and if it is, save it. If it isn't, delete it.

• Resist the urge to review everything with a fine-tooth comb and resist the urge to respond to emails as soon as they come in.  Decide whether you need to spend two hours gathering marketing information or only one hour.

• Prioritize information coming in so that you only deal with the most important information and can simply glance at and correctly file the less important information.

Review and prioritize to first reduce the flow.

The second thing to do is manage the flow that you're allowing through:

To do this, you'll want to create systems and use databases so you can keep track of everything. Not everything needs all of your attention right away. You can use information managers and task managers to help you manage the flow of information coming in to you.

What's the end result? You'll have less information to deal with...so you'll have more time to spend on your own special interests and if you have a business - on critical business activities like marketing...so you'll generate more customers...so you'll generate more sales...so you'll generate more profit!  

I mentioned above that I was an "Information Addict". Over the past ten years or so of following my passion for web surfing, I did fill up desk drawers, file cabinets, book shelves and used reams and reams of paper.

A few years ago I found a simple way to  reduce the pages of information by nearly half.
I outlined this simple method and saved it as a PDF file to share with my family and friends.

It's available to you for free, and you don't even need to give me your name
or email address. Just download it by Right Clicking and Saving the "Information Addict" report from HERE. Save it to your Desktop and unZip the small PDF file.

Another major benefit of cutting down the incoming information is that you also reduce the potential for receiving virus or worm infected email.                                            
                                                                            ... Richard Rossbauer

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Richard started his "Firewalls and Virus Protection" website and "Security Alert News Reporter" to help everyday Internet users navigate safely through the Cyber Space that has become a 'Cyber Jungle', loaded with ambushes and booby traps. He promotes his "Computer Security Awareness Campaign" thru his website at http://www.firewalls-and-virus-protection.com
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