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The Principle of Relevance – The Essential Strategy to Navigate Through the Information Age

In the information age, it's possible to have too much of a good thing, said author Stefania Lucchetti. In her new book, "The Principle of Relevance," Lucchetti offers a strategy to navigate through all the e-mails, texts and tweets. "All that information is like a buffet. The first instinct when faced with all that food is to try and eat everything. That can make you really sick," she said in a telephone interview from her home in Hong Kong. A little distance needs to be applied, said Lucchetti. "It's important to take time off. If you're constantly interacting with information, you can't quantify what's important to you," she said. A corporate attorney the past 10 years who is now raising a baby while teaching class at a Hong Kong university, Lucchetti said it's important to appreciate how to spend one's time. "Make sure to take time, at least twice a week for activities that are slow, engaging, inspiring, thought-provoking and which spur creativity," she said. "There are two different lines of thought when it comes to technology. One is corporate advertising that promotes an attitude of the more information the better while the other involves thinkers who have published alarming reports about technology overload," said Lucchetti, citing Nicholas Carr, whose book, "The Shallows," warns that the Internet is rewiring the way people think. "Now that everyone has access to information, we have to use it for enpowerment. Every person should take responsibility on dealing with information overload," she said. 1

Use your printer to read select items without being distracted by links and online prompts. Again.Don't look at e-mail first thing in the morning.Don't overload others with e-mail." she said. and it makes it easy to go back and reference parts you want to review. Otherwise. In "The Principle of Relevance: The Essential Strategy to Navigate Through the Information Age. but you'll want to take a little time thinking about what Lucchetti wrote. "Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to 2 . ." Stefania Lucchetti tackles the problem of information overload by addressing the questions. you will swim in an ocean of information without a life preserver. the book is a quick read. and was outlined in a very logical and systematical manner. . . and I could sort of see that in the writing. but the answer Lucchetti provides to determine relevance is not as quick. "You need to regroup yourself. the first part covers the principle of relevance and sums up why relevance is important.Some of Lucchetti's suggestions include: . It will take some practice to use Lucchetti's strategy to breeze through information for those items of relevance.Turn off your gadgets for specific hours in the day. The opening quote by Stephen Covey sums it up well. It was a bit more formal than some self-help texts. Regardless. The author has practiced law for over ten years. I think it helped solidify the message. And this is something the author acknowledges as she encourages you to use your time on those things determined by you to be relevant. and how best to incorporate her strategies into your own workflow. After a preface and introduction that provide a short road map of the book. "What is worth knowing?" "What is worth doing?" and "What is worth responding to?" It's a quick book to read with large font size and extra spacing between lines. Maybe I saw it because I've been a lawyer almost ten years now.

Finally. pattern discernment. 2.the unimportant." 3 . Part two of the book then goes into some tools to train your brain to recognize relevance. 5. and that's okay. It made me stop and think beyond what was written. Many people who read this book won't connect with the examples provided. but by reading over them. One of the tools is a modified four-quadrant diagram from Covey's time management teachings. I believe I've picked up some wisdom and reinforced other ideas I'd known to better tackle the information I need for my purposes. If a person does that. the four quadrants are: Significant but not on purpose. Relevant. make you think! And that is what I believe is the key to this book. clarity of purpose. part three covers some applications of the Principle of Relevance. I'm sure they will determine that this book was "Relevant. I especially liked the short chapter on attention. I don't see people using these tools for the bulk of e-mails and such flooding the in-box. and how I can apply the strategies to my own situations. and that is something a good book will do. These include: 1. and think about how to apply the concepts presented in this text in their own jobs and lives. I believe the reader should read and absorb what is useful to them. attention. 3. These tools are more aimed at the knowledge worker who must determine relevance from all of the information available at our fingertips. and On purpose but not significant. With that said. situational awareness. 4. self-knowledge and self-mastery. I don't know how much I'll actually use the tools as laid out in the book." The author then briefly goes over five elements of her principle of relevance. In this diagram. Not relevant. thinking about what Lucchetti wrote.