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My Low-Information Diet


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? 4HWW Cover

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.