That’s what they call it nowadays. We’re bombarded by information left and right, coming in from dozens of news feeds and emails and facebook and twitter and linkedin. It overwhelms you into reading all off it to the point you have no time to DO anything. So what to do? Cut down on the information feed.
Most of what flows into people’s brains on a daily basis is pure junk. It’s not worth reading or listening to. It takes up your time and makes you less productive. So you’ve gotta consume less information to be more productive.
Because in the end, information doesn’t help you. People try to know more and more in the mistaken belief that knowing more will help you. It doesn’t. Not if you know a lot about something irrelevant.
Relevant information helps you. So it means you need to identify what is important to you so that you will only take in information on that. I personally stayed off facebook for 4 or 5 months. Granted, part of the reason was that I forgot my password, it was still a good experiment. Nowadays I log on for 5 minutes every week or so and get red of back and neck pain. I don’t need an hourly update on other people’s lives unless it’s on my sister and my brother-in-law who are overseas.
I don’t read my emails much anymore either. It’s not like there’s ever anything uber urgent anyway. Whatever comes my way can usually wait one or two days at least.
It frees up a lot more time to do the things that I value in my life like bonding with people face-to-face instead of online, and being with my family, and also simply relaxing. I can’t believe how tense some people’s shoulders are.
And you know what it even gives me time to actually study some useful things instead.
Try it. I know ramadhan is over, but fasting doesn’t just mean food; it can mean information too.