Low Information Diet

I am addicted to information. I am obsessed with checking CNN, Twitter, Facebook and my Google Reader updates. I feel a sense of guilt if I don’t check for Facebook updates or what is new in the world. I feel like I am missing out if I don’t keep up to date with my social networks. I am constantly refreshing my email to see if someone sent me an email. This gets in the way of my productivity and even my relationship with God.

So here is what I’m attempting to do about it:

Checking my email only twice a day

Tim Ferriss, author of Four Hour Workweek, recommends only checking your email twice a day to increase productivity. I am going to try just checking my email at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Reading the news once a day

Why do I feel the desire to check CNN in between tasks at work? If something major happens in the world, I will hear about it. So I am attempting to only watch the NBC Nightly News and check my Google Reader updates only once a day. Then I can truly digest what is happening in the news.

Limit my Twitter and Facebook Use

Alright here is where it gets tough. I will try to limit my use of Twitter and Facebook to once a day at lunch. That is all.


About joelnewton

I am a husband to Hillary, a father to Anna and Norah

Posted on February 3, 2011, in Personal and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Oh man Joel. Now you’ve got me thinking about that. I read Ferris’ book too. Maybe I need to give that some more thought. I’m in much the same place. I did manage to cut back on my news and radio consumption, which helps a lot. I try to only play music and sit in silence in the car, which helps. I also try to avoid the radio when doing the dishes. That was a tough transition. Cutting down on e-mail and social media will be tough though… Gosh.

  2. Make sure you do another post tomorrow to tell us how it goes!

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