Information and data are increasing at alarming rates. On the one hand, this is great because we are witnessing some amazing advances in health care (and computer science, and communication, etc). However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to navigate through this body of data to arrive at the most relevant, most up-to-date, most easy-to-apply information that is suited to your specific need and specific situation. This is true if you are a doctor, a computer programmer, a world leader, or a secretary.
Many have stopped calling this the Age of Information, and started calling it the Age of Distraction, or the Attention Age. It is not enough to know a lot. Instead, it becomes increasingly important to be able to:
- Find the most up-to-date, relevant information,
- Find it quickly,
- Synthesize or process that information, and then
- Apply that information.
The one who manages information well is the successful one.
For that reason, I thought you might find the following very short video to be a useful one. In it, Rich Schefren discusses the difference between “just enough” information and “just in time” information. This is a very important distinction to make. And once you grasp it, you may find your internship and residency less stressful. Check it out…