If you want to get up to speed on information overload, what should you read first? Here are six of the best pieces I’ve encountered to date:
Meet the Lifehackers (New York Times Magazine, October 2005) — This is the article that got me started on the quest to quash information overload.
10 Proposals for Fixing the E-Mail Glut (New York Times Bits Blog, December 2009)
Be Heard, Understood and Remembered in an Overloaded Environment (Communication World, International Association of Business Communicators, July 2009)
E-mail’s Friendly Fire (Wall Street Journal)
Your Brain on Computers: Addicted to Technology and Paying a Price (New York Times, June 2010)
Recovering from Information Overload (McKinsey Quarterly, January 2011)
And a bonus article not included in the official six because you have to purchase it from HBR:
Death by Information Overload (Paul Hemp, Harvard Business Review, Sept. 2009)
That should get you grounded in the basics. I’ll suggest more recommended reading in the near future.