I wanted to learn how to think properly


Everyone knows how to think because everyone does it every day of their lives.

But there is a whole world of difference between habitual thinking that upholds the firmly established conventions of a day-to-day routine and radical thinking that challenges deeply held beliefs and opens your mind to new information and new ways of thinking that can, well, change your mind.

Information management is not just about the processing of information from an organizational perspective.

Administrative information governance and its legal and ethical considerations are definitely useful to know and this concentration does cover them.

Information management is equally about how you cognitively process information within your mind.

In an age of vast data flows, lots of misinformation, deliberate disinformation and widescale negative news reporting, the information management of your mind is an essential competency to master.

Becoming proficient in mindful information management enables you to make well-considered decisions that can create pervasive value within your life.

When I arranged the 700 courses that make up my MTA Portfolio into modules and concentrations and majors, I constructed an ordered and logical system that made it much easier for my brain to file away and connect together all the wide and varied streams of information I was learning.

The systematic structuring of my MTA Portfolio has made it increasingly easier for me to focus the application of my studies into my final projects, which, in turn, have allowed me to make better decisions about the direction of my career development moving forwards.

The final project of this concentration – my Career Brand Ecosystem – is where I bring all the conclusions of my studies together into a workable step-by-step career plan that demonstrates how it creates pervasive value for my life.

Information management is central to all aspects of a person’s life design, but for me it has especially been tied up with the career development of my life design.

Achieving career success was always one of the main aims of my MTA Portfolio, so all the thinking and tinkering and figuring out and applying myself has demanded a considerable amount of my mindful information management.

By grouping Information Management and Career Development together into a mutually reliant concentration, not only have I been able to build a career development system, but I have learned the invaluable skill of measured information management that reduces my daily cognitive load and maintains my psychological wellbeing.

Succumbing to information overload and getting trapped in spirals of negative thinking is very easily done when surrounded by increasing complexity, great unknowns and continually changing career demands.

Throughout the process of building my MTA Portfolio, I have overthought my way into many panics of despair and at many points I also hit the big bad wall of burnout that has left me physically and psychologically exhausted.

The process of building my MTA Portfolio and studying this concentration has increasingly got me into the habit of pacing my information consumption, becoming much more discerning towards redundant information and breaking down large quantities of data into chunks that are easier to consume.

Successful information management (and career development) is about thinking flexibly and critically.

It is not just about thinking outside of the box, it is also about being a smarter thinker inside of the box.