As an information professional I am trained to deal with information overload and reduce it’s impact on clients. However, sometimes information professionals can become victims of information overload ourselves.
This happens to me everytime I have to book accomodation, and this afternoon I was completely overwhelmed to the point I just gave up. A friend and I are having a child-free weekend in Sydney in a few months. She hasn’t been for about 10 years and I haven’t been for about 5 years. Added to that the last 3 or 4 times I went were for conferences and work booked and paid for my accomodation or else I chose a place near the conference venue. This time the whole city area to choose from.
The plethora of hotel accomodation booking sites all with their own information, not to mention the thousands of reviews leaves my head spinning and filled with doubt that I will select a total dump of a place, that is so unclean it will disgust me, with disengaged, unfriendly staff. Not that this has ever happened. Most of the places I have stayed at have been alright for what they are, location and budget wise.
Anyway, my friend and I are going to do more research over the next couple of days and sit down together on Friday night to book a place. Everything will work out fine. I know it will. Once I overcome my information overload.