My low information diet starts today
I think I need to put myself on that diet. For real.
Currently I'm consuming waaaay too much. I consume information on design and decorating, DIY, health and wellness, blogging, business, soul-centred musings... I think you get the idea.
It's too much!
At the end of an information consumption session, I find myself pushing my chair back and sinking into my seat feeling slightly suffocated and a little guilty. Why did I just consume so much?!
If I could undo a belt around my brain I totally would!
I can't help myself. I see a delicious post - and there are lots of them out there - and I've gotta read it! What if this is like the ONE that changes my life?! But I can't stop at one. I probably suffer from a bad case of FOMO (fear of missing out).
My information consumption habits do have me wondering... what value is all this info really adding? How many smoothie recipes have I actually made from the hundreds that I've read about? Is reupholstering my couch really on the top of my to-do list? How many of the make-your-life-kick-ass worksheets have I sat down and actually worked through?
And how much of what I'm consuming is actually nourishing what needs to be nourished at this point in time?
So this Monday I resolve to start my low information diet. It won't be easy and it will require a lot of self-control on my part but if I plan it well, I think I can do it.
Here's my plan:
1. Unsubscribe from email newsletters
The temptation starts first thing in the morning when I check my email to find a whole bunch calling my name. But then what happens is I spend much of the morning gorging on these fab posts instead of doing what I had planned to. So I've unsubscribed. I'll check my favourite blogs during allocated times in the day when I can actually sit and enjoy them.
2. Have a shortlist of daily reads
There are so many good blogs out there! But the sad reality is that once you start producing blogs, you have less time to consume them. And I think I need to adjust my habits accordingly. Yes, I may need a blow-your-mind pork belly recipe one day but I probably don't need to follow half a dozen food blogs everyday just in case.
3. Allocate reading time
See point 1.
4. Manage my reading lists
I have articles saved to my Safari Reading List, on Evernote, and Pocket. I think it's time to sort and purge! Just looking at the list of all the articles I hope to get around to reading gets me all flustered. Maybe I'll even be brave enough to delete them all without even going through them?
5. Protect my creative space
I think it's probably a good idea for me to stop checking out other stationery stores - unless it's for a specific post. Because, as inspiring as they are, it also has me comparing my beginning to their middle. Know what I mean? And that ain't good. I'd rather be making stuff and learning through what I make instead of looking at what others are producing and comparing mine to theirs.
My hope is that, by reducing the amount of information consumed, I will be creating space to be more present in my own life. To focus on what I'm doing. Take in what's going on around me. To breathe it in and truly experience it. To allow myself the time and energy to live my life and not just read about others living theirs. And I think there's no shame in admitting that there's a limit to how much we can take in. So why not occupy it with only the truly important things?
So that's my diet plan. And it starts today. Care to join me? Got any additional suggestions? I'd love to hear them. Have a beautiful Monday! xx
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