Overload VS Just-In-Time(JIT) Information

19 Responses

  1. Ernie says:

    I can relate! Information overload is a real thing. Sometimes I find I get too much in the details to step back and look at the real reason for the information and data. Not that details are unimportant, as they definitely are! But, I do like your advice when you stated, “That is the only way you’re going to be able to reduce your overload is to focus on one thing at a time that you need to do and need to do now, and only have the information you need for that and not running and chasing things.” I need to slow down and ask myself, what is the priority now before I get too bogged down in looking at absolutely everything. Thank you for your post!

    • CJ says:


      Taking a step back and looking at your priorities is a good place to start. When we step back reflect and evaluate things we gain a better perspective of where we are at and where we want to go. When we know these things it helps one to set priorities and focus on the top ones.

      Thanks for your comment

  2. Phil Ramage says:

    CJ & SJ,

    Please don’t take this the wrong way, but it’s interesting to note that it took you a 23-minute video to deliver the very true message that we are all liable to fall into the trap of being overwhelmed by being given too much information. There, I’ve been able to summarize your huge post in just over 2 lines. Perhaps, if you could learn to separate the wheat from the chaff of all the guff you hear, see and read on the net you would be able to make better progress. Even Dean falls into the trap of endlessly repeating things and stories. Perhaps he feels that he has to because new partners are joining all the time, but I frequently tune out ans even play a simple game like Tetris or Minesweeper until I hear him return to new ground.

    On another point, in your reply to Steve Moore’s comment, where he mentioned 2 books that he was reading, you replied saying that you were currently reading a series of books by Tony Robbins. Why are you doing that when you should be concentrating totally on The Beginner’s Advantage coaching, and all the work that that entails? Perhaps your overwhelm is, at least, partly caused by yourself, and Tony’s books could wait until you were showing better, more consistent results. I hope that you understand that I am only trying to be helpful, and nothing that I write should be taken as a criticism.

    • CJ says:


      Thanks for the constructive criticism it is always welcome and it is how we grow and it’s appreciated. I’m currently working on condensing things down into smaller bits but it is a work in progress as I’m new to writing content. As far as doing beginner advantage challenge & Tony Robins at the same time is because the challenge is part of my business growth goals and Tony Robins is part of my personal growth goals. These are my only things that I’m focused on. I have block everything else out. Again thanks for your honest assessment of the post.

      • Phil Ramage says:

        Thank you, CJ for taking my comments the right way, and I’m pleased that you realize that I am only trying to help. I’ve just left a much more positive comment on your beautiful 3 pigs analogy post.

  3. CJ, I can certainly relate to this post A LOT. Just this past week I was trying to accomplish several different tasks at a time. What happened was that I was unable to complete any of them due to squirrel syndrome. I appreciate you sharing your 5 things you suggested, as I feel they may help me.

    • CJ says:


      I am glad you were able to relate to the post. Don’t feel bad about having squirrel syndrome. It is easy to fall into that mode when there are so much information coming from all directions. We try to get it all done and end up getting nothing done. Another tip to help is to be organized. Organization helps keep the clutter out and provides a much more peaceful environment to work in. If you lower your information intake and declutter it is such a relaxing feeling. Keep working on moving from information overload to a JIT mentality and you will see progress.

      Thanks for commenting.

  4. I thought I needed to learn as much as fast as possible when I started out , not so smart pretty sure I got dumber. So now I think I’ll take in a little less at a time and learn more. Look forward to your next post.

    • CJ says:


      I wouldn’t say you got dumber but I would say you got overloaded which breeds confusion. An confusion breeds inaction. Then we are frozen and do not know where to go. I can see how that can make one feel like you are getting dumber though. Keep at reducing your information overload and you will begin to see progress as you grow in this area.

      Thanks for commenting.

  5. Atif Perwiz says:

    CJ, amazing value in your blog and it’s quite a lot to take in. I’ve suffered a lot in the past with information overload and either collecting too much or not collecting the right information and then not knowing what to do with it when you’ve got it and you end up running around in circles. My professional career is a lean six sigma black belt where I help clients look at their processes and make improvements. Just in time is a lean tool which is used in manufacturing. what I have learnt is about keeping things very simple. Just start with the basics just enough to start moving and then start adding things as you go along . Thanks so much for the effort that you both put into your blog. I’m sure you have your own TV series soon. Thanks. Atif

    • CJ says:


      Thanks for the comment and I’m glad you found it to be of value. Is it not crazy how we can have skills to do something for others but find ourselves not using them in our own life. JIT as you stated came out of the manufacturing sector. then oracle software help it boom. But the practices that came out of the shift from store everything in big quantities to JIT can be applied in our personal lives as well. I like how you stated the progression from a small thing to get you moving and them adding information as needed and not before.

      Thanks and I am enjoying following your journey.

  6. I can relate. My mind races ahead to all I need to know that I don’t know how to do, and I have a hard time focusing on the step I’m on.

    Do you know the phrase, “Put the blinders on?” It refers to the blinders put on a horse before a race. It’s the idea that we should focus just on where we’re at and only allow ourselves to see what we’re working on in this present moment. It’s harder than it sounds when I try to put it in practice. I’m always thinking of the next steps of what I need to do today or the next steps of what I need to learn and I don’t know if I’m going to understand it, etc. It’s an overload like you’re talking about, not necessarily information but it can be.

    I have a wacky tidbit I’ll share with you at risk of sounding a little nuts! When my mind is racing, I use earplugs. I’m not sure why, but earplugs will quiet my thoughts when they get in that overload spot. They won’t stop all sound, but it’s just enough relief. After a time, I feel a great deal better.

    Best of luck to your progress this week! Looking forward to your next post.

    • CJ says:


      That is not a bad idea, maybe I need to get a set of those horse blinders and a set of ear muffs to block out all the excessive information coming at me. LOL! Just so you don’t think you are nuts I keep ear plugs with me as well. I have learning disabilities and when I working on things I have to have total quiet to calm my mind and clear the noise. I commend you on attempting to make strides toward focusing on the task a hand and shutting our the excessive information. It is not easy but it is doable.

      Keep pushing forward!!

  7. Steve Moore says:

    So very true and I can totally resonate with information overload, I had a habit throughout my bricks and mortar business life of having loads of jobs on the go at the same time and never getting anything completed. I have had to control this and I now to get one of my tasks done on every day, I found books by Brian Tracey with Eat the Dead Frog and Paul O’Mahoney with Rethink Time Management helped me improve

    • CJ says:


      Those are some good books. I am currently working through Tony Robins Ultimate Edge series as part of my personal growth plan. However, I will add them to my future read list. To keep from information overload I am only focusing on one book at time and the book must have a specific purpose to meeting my goals.

      I agree going to JIT information defiantly helps me get more done toward my goals. I have amazed myself at how much progress can be made when you are not in information overload. I am glad you have been able to make progress in getting away from information overload. As you already know it is not easy to make the transition but is well worth to do so.

      Thanks for the comment

  8. Thank you for this new piece of information CJ 😉. The entire life is for me a work in progress, while we try to be a better version of ourselves. You’re right, sometimes, too much information makes me freeze, I may feel overwhelmed, looking at what to do first. Many people gather and cumulate a lot of information because they try to find a cure to fight their insecurities. Their house is full of things they no longer need, being part of a past that no longer exists. Like my Java and C sharp compilers, data must be delivered and used just in time. This reminds us to leave now, the only moment, taking just what you need to be happy and help others find their way out.

    • CJ says:


      I am guilty of hoarding information, after all I may need that thing someday. NOT!!! It has been a tuff transition but I can truly say my mentor Dean Holland has played a big role in helping me go from information overload to Just in time information. I am not completely cured and are tempted to grab the next shiny thing but have to just keep telling myself NO. I keep reminding myself that I want success more than that new shiny thing.

      Thanks for your comment.

  9. Alan Lim says:

    You are definitely not alone. I have consumed way too much information in the past too and still have the tendency to do so today, though I try my best to manage it.

    Having a mentor who gives you the exact information you need, at the right time is definitely the way to go.

    • CJ says:


      It’s good to hear I am not alone in the information overload. MY mentor is how I have been able to switch from constant overload to JIT. I have made myself stick to only what I need to accomplish the current task. This has propelled me forward and help keep my mind from being overloaded. Don’t get me wrong I still have to keep myself in check every day.

      Thanks for the comment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *