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7 key things you need to know to Manage Information Overload.

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How are things? Hope all is well at your end or are you up to your neck in Alligators?

We thought we would share with you the 7 key things you need to know to Manage Information Overload.

P.S. To see an online version of this eletter with all the graphics etc go to

In this eLetter...

1. Update your reading skills

2. Understand how your memory works

3. Learn to sort, organise and process information

4. Get on top of your iBrain

5. Hone your creativity skills

Great new articles

6. Understand your Mind/Body connection

7. Do productive thinking

Habits of Mind

Professional development
- Upcoming workshops

Jennifer and Tony's new book

Bonus_For Parents - a Study Plan for Exams!

1. Update Your Reading Skills

Most of us read at Grade 4 level because that was the last time we learnt HOW to read. Clearly our vocabulary has increased but the way we read is much the same.

A common misconception is that it is all about Speed Reading - Actually it is being able to read to suit your goals. It is more like Rapid and Range Reading - reading at different speeds for different purposes.

Think of it as a three legged stool, 1. How fast you are reading, 2. Do you understand what you are reading as you are reading it (i.e. comprehension) and 3. Do you remember it after you have read it?

We have a new free_eCourse on Speed Reading which you can subscribe to now to get a daily email with hints and tips to improve your reading to Manage Information Overload.

Word Count of this eletter = 2190 words

Average Reader reads at 240 wpm = approximately 9 minutes

400wpm (Functionally Literate) will take you 5.5 minutes

600wpm (recommended skill level) will take you just under 4 minutes to read and absorb this email enough for you to then decide what to do next.




2. Understand how your Memory works

We have all forgotten someone's name.
We have all forgotten a birthday or event. and...
We have all been to the supermarket and bought everything but the one thing we went there to get. Twice!

Knowing that your brain is designed to forget and that you have to tell it to "Sit up straight and pay attention because I want to remember this" will make you feel less overloaded and stressed.

A simple way to remember information is to make a connection or association. For example, Al Gore started an ethical Investment company (Generation Investment Management LLP) with his best friend, David_Blood.

Now to remember the two partner's names, see if you can make a connection between Blood_and_Gore?


Free_Memory Coaching with Australian Memory Champion.

Tansel Ali, the two-time Australian Memory Champion who recently memorised the Yellow Pages phonebook, is offering free_ memory coaching sessions for a

limited time. To organise a time go to:

3. Learn to sort, organise and process information

Many of us take notes, think and plan using a blue pen and blue lined paper. Perfectly logical and perfectly acceptable - in its time! It is like trying to communicate effectively using a rotary dial telephone.

Mind Maps are one tool, the Swiss_Army_Knife for your Brain, that, once you master, you will be able to deal with all types of things. Investing a little time to learn how to sort, organise and process information using Mind Maps, is like investing in learning how to drive - once you can drive, you have freedom and can go anywhere you want.

Have you subscribed to our f_ree How to Mind Map eCourse?


4. Get on top of your iBrain - your Outboard Brain

People often say to us "Why should I bother remembering anything when I can Google it in 3 seconds flat!?"

Clive Thompson's article in Wired Magazine "Your Outboard Brain Knows All"  said "the line between where my memory leaves off and Google picks up is getting blurrier by the second."

For the first time in human history we do a lot of our thinking in front of a box (a computer) and we need better strategies to manage the Digital_world.

Try this at home (or work), when in the middle of a PowerPoint presentation, quickly jump to a slide by typing in the Slide number and press enter. So to go back to slide 25 - hit the number 2 then 5 then Enter" or to skip a few slides because you are running out of time type 52 + enter.


Chris Griffiths, CEO of Think Buzan and inventor of Tony Buzan's Mind Mapping Software, reinforces the fact that the iMindMap_team  does not focus on technology but on the tools and the process of Mind Mapping.




5. Hone your Creativity skills.

Creativity is a skill we can all learn - just like learning to play_tennis. If you get the right equipment (racket_and_ball), take time out to learn techniques and practice as well as having a_coach to_guide you on how to improve - you will be hitting the ball over the net in no time.

We may not all be like Venus Williams or Rafael Nadal, but we can all learn to play.

 Hone your skill with some of our MindTools


Great new articles from our International Colleagues

Bill and Jennifer spoke at the Creativity_Conference_Cruise out of Florida last month, and were delighted to catch_up with international colleagues and friends.

Over coming eLetters we'll be featuring contributions from a number of people we know you're going to get a lot of value from.  So to start we'd recommend you have a look at four short articles with our good friend from South Africa, Dr Kobus Neethling. 

As you'll see he is a world expert in creativity and in these four articles he looks at:

  • Creativity – The secret_to_business_success
  • Humour_Sparks_Creativity
  • The art of looking at problems backwards
  • Create your perfect future

Go to the Mindwerx Resources area now to see these articles.



6. Understand Your Mind/Body connection

Did you know your Brain is connected to your body and that what you put in your mouth and how you treat your body affects how you perform at work and at home?

We asked Rick Goddard his thoughts on the Mind and Body Connection as he has spent a lifetime studying it.

"It’s important we remember that our mind and body are connected and if one is neglected then the other’s performance is diminished (often severely).

Here are 3 tips to keep your Mind and Body healthy and ready for peak performance!

Sleep… Ideally 6 to 8 hours restful sleep is required to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the new day

Hydration… Our brains and our body are mostly water and so if we feel thirsty then we are already dehydrated! Your brain is like a grape so if you are dehydrated (or hung over) then it will more resemble a raisin and you may experience headaches and a lack of energy!

Nutrition… Imagine your body is like a Ferrari, without the right fuel it may still get you where you want to go but cough and splutter along the way! Our mind is the body’s driver and with the right types of food/ energy source buckle in for the ride of your life!

Think and Be Well!




New Feature Blogger


Rick has kindly agreed to be a contributor and will add more blogs soon.

7. Do Productive Thinking

Thinking about what to do, when, is one of the key successes to Productive Thinking and Managing Information Overload ...

"Do the most important thing first in the morning, preferably without interruption, for 60 to 90 minutes, with a clear start and stop time." Tony Schwartz, Be Excellent at Anything

“If the first thing you do each day is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day knowing that it is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long!” Brian Tracey, Eat that Frog

"After hours is actually a good time to work through a group of similar tasks that you wouldn't normally do in the course of your typical workday, like filing a big backlog of papers, organising photographs, surfing_the_Web about your upcoming vacation location, or processing expense receipts." David Allen, Getting Things Done


Get Daily Tips and Ideas on how to Managing Information Overload by liking our NEW Facebook page

Traveling the road to excellence by understanding the Habits of Mind

Over the past 30 years there have been literally thousands of studies into the acquisition_of_excellence. There have been uncounted numbers of interviews with top CEO’s, top athletes, and other high achievers in many fields. Researchers and authors have been working hard to unlock the secrets of success.

In his book, the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey outlines the common strategies successful people have followed to achieve their success. He suggests that ... 

An understanding of the Habits of Mind are essential if you are to successfully follow the road to excellence.

The Habits of Mind were derived from research done by Emeritus Professor Art Costa of California State University. They are defined as:

The dispositions that are skilfully and mindfully employed, but characteristically successful people, when confronted with problems, the solutions to which are not immediately apparent.

Put simply, they are how successful people use their minds when confronted with challenges.

There are 16 Habits of Mind – and you’re not likely to be surprised by any of them. 

They are...

Feature Blogger


For those who follow the Mindwerx blog spots regularly James is a Guest_Blogger who will introduce friends of Mindwerx to great insights into things like Habits of Mind and much more over coming days, weeks and beyond.

Welcome James!

check out his blogs


Professional Development to Manage Information Overload

Where can you go to develop your Thinking, Learning and Creativity? Right here of course. Our public face to face programs run in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland and include subjects such as:

  • Edward de Bono's Thinking Tools
  • Mind Mapping to Get Things Done
  • Range & Rapid (Speed) Reading
  • Improved Your Memory
  • iMindMap Instructor program
  • HBDI for more productive thinking

For more information and dates see dedicated information pages on and  



Upcoming Training Dates

  • Improved Memory
    - Sydney 16 April
  • Speed Reading
    - Sydney 17 April
  • Mind Mapping
    - Melb 22 May
  • iMindMap Instructor
    - Melb 22-23 May
  • Mind Mapping_Practitioner
    - Melb 22-25 May

Download Booking Form


Jennifer was very productive over the Christmas New year Period  co-authoring a book with Tony Buzan on How the Secrets to a Better Memory will lead to Success.

More info to come in the next eletter as we gear up for its release on 12 April.


Help your High School Student Manage Information Overload

Jennifer often privately mentors High School students as she knows how hard it is to cope with all the new information and workload when studying. 

Last week Jennifer got a call from Jemma who is in Year 11 (a Junior) who was really stressed and upset with all the things she had to do for school as exams are starting next week.

While she was told that Year 11 is a significant shift in learning she didn't quite realise how hard it would be.

It felt like thousands and thousands of pieces of information were piling up and she was lost.

What was missing? A Big Picture Strategy to plan out the Term/Semester and the 18 months until the end of Year 12 (Senior Year) of her International Baccalaureate.

Just by simply mapping out a plan for her subjects over the term/semester, she can see all the things that need to be done, when and how much effort will be needed - or anything she wants to map out using different symbols or codes.

Download the template and see examples you can share with your kids to help them through this stressful time



So, there you are, Seven key things you need to know to help manage information overload- hope they have been helpful.

Lots of more stuff available on our websites and happy to help with any questions or show you how to access_both online and face to face professional development programs anywhere in the world.


Bill, Jennifer, Mike, Fleur and the Gang


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