getting things done in the face of information overload

According to Getting Things Done founder David Allen, it’s not information overload {interview with david allen in the atlantic} that’s the issue, it’s the lack of ability to organize said streams of information that overwhelm us:

Information overload is not the issue. If it were, you’d walk into the library and die. As soon as you connected to the Web, you’d just explode.

In fact, the most information-rich place in the world is the most relaxing: it’s called nature. It has more varied horizons, more detail, more input of all sorts. As a matter of fact, if you want to go crazy, get rid of all your information: it’s called sensory deprivation. …

Not only that, but e-mail has a trait that fits the core of addictive behavior, which is random positive reinforcement.

{via andrew sullivan}.