What is your information diet?
How much of it is spent –
– On email?
– On social media?
– On television?
– On reading the news online?
– On books or podcasts?
– On blogs or newsletters you subscribe to?
– On conversations with folks you learn from?
Take a guess.
Then, validate that guess during the day (or, even better, the week).
When do you spend your time on each of these activities? And, most importantly, how much of what you do makes you feel better for the long run after you do it?
Reviewing this typically leads to 3 kinds of changes –
1. A few of these activities are best minimized or, in many cases, removed.
2. Some activities are best done in chunks and planned toward the latter part of the day. They’re essential but are a waste of fresh mental bandwidth.
3. Finally, you need a lot more thought to do more of the activities that add a lot of long term value.
As a general rule, the easier an activity is to do, the less long term value it is likely to add.
In today’s age, your information diet is just as important as your food diet. We spend a large portion of our day exposed to information of different kinds. Just like our food diets, it is worth taking stock every once a while and asking ourselves – what can we do better?
We are what we do. And, what we think, say and do is a by product of what we read and who we listen to.