Increase Your Focus and Productivity With This “Low Information Diet”
One of the most helpful concepts I gained from reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris was his suggestion to go on a “Low Information Diet”.
We’re no longer in the Age of Information. I declare that we have officially entered the Age of Information-Overload.
Almost everyone I know seems to show signs of ADD and I think the avalanche of information available to us these days is partly to blame.
My friend, Sarah Sears, a licensed clinical mental health counselor with a private counseling practice in Burlington, Vermont, works with ADD patients. Sarah created a very useful set of guidelines for cutting back on the information overwhelm and taking control:
Being intentional with information intake…instead of reactionary.
Information can be like candy to a curious brain. The challenge is too much information equals over stimulation and over overwhelm, which often translates into shutting down and feeling stuck. By going through this worksheet you can increase your awareness of your relationship to information, identify some information priorities, and set some information filtering priorities.
What types of information do you want?
Examples include: Work, Entertainment, and Social
Work – What information will help you to meet your goals in this area? Make it as specific as possible and know that it can change each month/week. Example, if you are business owner who wants more clients, you might set a priority to focus on information related to getting clients.
Where do you currently get information from in each of these areas? Examples might be email lists, newspapers, books, Facebook, Twitter, movies, phone calls, meetings, classes, teleclasses, etc..
How do you decide if it’s important information?
Create your list of priorities– include examples and budget (estimate) the amount of time you would like to spend on each area.
What are the priorities for information right now?
When considering a whether or not to consume a particular piece of information, ask these questions:
o Is this still helpful to me?
o How will this be helpful to me?
o How often do I want to read or look at this?
o Does this information ever get in my way of getting things done?
How do you let go of information?
You can’t possible know EVERYTHING! If you need to know something, you can look it up when you need it.
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