As you are beginning your business, you will quickly begin to experience information overload. It often seems as if there is so much to know, but not enough time to learn it all as you begin. Instead, you should focus on the most important information that will contribute to your success, and then learn the rest as you go. There are four types of information overload that you should purge from your schedule:
Free Consultation Overload: Many companies offer free mooching sessions that are really disguised sales calls. Although you may get some important information from these sessions, you will likely be disappointed and overwhelmed with a variety of opinions.
Contact Information Overload: You will meet many people, but you can't pursue them all. Instead you should consider which contacts will turn into leads and eventually into sales and focus on them. Be cordial to others but don't spend your time pursuing them.
Tax Information Overload: The best way to experience information overload is to try to become a tax code expert. Save yourself the time and stress by hiring a good accountant.
Technology Information Overload: Many computer consultants want to focus on the newest technologies, even when they don't have anything to do with what their clients need. Keep up with new technology but only spend your time learning those that will directly help your clients and your business.
Learn more about avoiding information overload in the full article (link above).
Posted by Joshua Feinberg