I talk a lot about how we tend to over-do and over-consume and about how this was my way of life for years. One of the best lessons I learned from Tim Ferriss in “The 4-Hour Workweek” is to look at your “information diet” like you would your normal diet. Is it healthy and balanced or is it unrelegated and all too much?
Here’s Tim: “Just as modern man consumes both too many calories and calories of no nutritional value, information workers eat data both in excess and from the wrong source…most information is time-consuming, negative, irrelevant to your goals, and outside of your influence. I challenge you to look at whatever you read or watched today and tell me that it wasn’t at least two of the four.”
Tim helped me quit cold turkey. I still check the news and Facebook when I want, but I do it in bite-sized portions now. No more “15,000 calorie potato chip information diet” for me! The result of less information is a mind that is less cluttered, more well-ordered, and most importantly, at peace.