Information Overload | Professional Education Group

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Information Overload

Lewis Eisen

The daily flood of e-mail, documents, and other files can easily leave your attorneys and support staff—the people you depend on for moving the firm forward— overwhelmed. Added to the stress of managing the vast amount of information they already have, frustration quickly sets in and productivity suffers.

The computer technology brought in to help organize this information hasn’t lived up to its promise— in many cases it has made matters worse.

The hard reality is that people need new skills to manage information in the electronic world. Old systems built around paper must be re-engineered, and new, flexible  approaches introduced.

This workshop helps your valuable human assets move past information overload and regain control of their information, so they can work more efficiently and ultimately make better decisions.

Lewis Eisen brings a practice-driven perspective and teaches techniques that take into account:

  • 7 fundamental facts about how the brain processes and indexes information
  • how we unintentionally overload ourselves
  • the growing number of electronic information formats
  • the overlap between personal work habits and corporate information structures
  • the practical difficulties of going completely paperless

Stop feeling overwhelmed by information, and start taking control.
People leave this workshop knowing:

  • the five correct reasons for keeping a piece of information
  • how to avoid duplication of paper and electronic records
  • how to properly divide ‘information spaces’ into intake, workspace, and storage
  • strategies for organizing their deadline dates, notes, and clippings
  • risk-management principles which mesh with information management best-practices

Program Agenda ( 6 hours)

[Part I 90 Minutes]

Introduction

  • Symptoms and causes of information overload
  • Identifying external forces aggravating overload
  • Understanding how we process information and make decisions

Deciding what to keep

  • 5 correct reasons for keeping information
  • Understanding mental indexing
  • Techniques for improving information recall

15 Minute Break

[Part II 90 Minutes]

Information spaces

  • Limitations of folder structures
  • Alternatives to folder structures
  • Reconciling paper and electronic structures

Lunch

[Part III 90 Minutes]

Information architecture

  • Limitations of folder structures
  • Alternatives to folder structures
  • Reconciling paper and electronic structures

Configuring storage spaces

  • Understanding domains and collections
  • Setting up categories and series
  • Handling ‘miscellaneous’

15 Minute Break

[Part IV 90 Minutes]

Other information types of information

  • Tasks
  • Reminders
  • Notes and clippings
  • Structured data
  • Social media

Moving forward

  • Maintaining your techniques
  • Building and refining your information architecture
  • Next steps

Adjourn

Unconditional Guarantee
If you are not convinced that your understanding of the course topic has
improved after completion of any P.E.G.® seminar, we will refund your course tuition.