When I was a kid, my dad read the newspaper every single morning. He wanted to be up to date with what was going on in the world. These days, actual paper newspapers are nearly obsolete, but news and information is everywhere you turn.
Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, text messages, RSS feeds, magazines, billboards, television, radio … aaaagh! If you seriously try to pay attention to it all, it’s enough to make your head spin and drive you insane. That’s why I recommend following a low information diet.
Even though valuable information really is necessary and helpful, most of what you see and hear is useless. I’m not kidding. If you ever really stop for a minute and pay attention to everything that’s swirling around you at a hundred miles an hour, the majority of it is irrelevant, biased, or deceptive.
Low Information Diet = More Time for You
Don’t believe me? Look at a few different magazine covers the next time you’re standing in line at the grocery store. You’ll see three different tabloids with the same person’s picture and three conflicting headlines lined up right next to each other. Obviously, most celebrity gossip is just a bunch of junk, but how would you choose which one to believe? Something’s got to be true, right? Who knows! A low information diet gives you the ability to ignore most of that stuff.
A lot of people are news junkies because it tends to make them feel important. They like being able to say, “Hey, did you hear about …” to the people around them. Talking about stuff you just read might offer a short-lived self-esteem boost, but in reality paying attention to all that stuff is a huge time waster.
Choose Your Reading Materials Wisely
I decided awhile back that a low information diet is the way to go. It’s way too easy to get sidetracked otherwise. Some advocates of the low information diet would probably feel that I read too much—I DO read a lot—but I pick and choose my reading material wisely. I only read things that are relevant and add value to my life.
I read books that are pertinent to my career, but I’m choosy– I only listen to three “internet marketing” gurus, ignoring the rest. Heck, I even ignore the news! The only blogs I read are those of my online friends. It’s way, way too easy to sit around and waste half the day reading blogs when you could be doing something productive.
The only magazine I read is Outside. It’s about fitness, travel, adventures—my kinda thing, which is why it’s my “pleasure reading.” That’s also why I’m usually three or four issues behind.
Skipping dessert when you’re on a diet can help you lose weight, and reducing the amount of “noise” in your life can help you become a more accomplished person. Since going on my low information diet, I’ve become way more productive and I’m willing to be it’ll do the same for you.Take Action. Get Results.