This week is going to be pretty lean since I’m on a temporary media hiatus. However, I’m back starting tomorrow and should have a cornucopia of interesting links next week.
What I’ve Read:
I didn’t read anything noteworthy this week except for The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. It wasn’t because I was deserted on an island with only one book, although living in Hawaii has been compared to living on a rock in the middle of the ocean. I have been selectively ignoring information or, as Ferriss puts it, on a media fast. In his book, Ferriss shows the reader how to live a dream lifestyle while working only four hours a week. When I picked up this book, I thought it was complete bullshit; it was another self proclaimed “guru” extolling his batty philosophy . But as I read on, it started to resonate and I found myself taking small sips of the Kool-Aid.
One of the sips contained the exercise about media fasting. Tim Ferriss takes the old adage, ignorance is bliss, and applies it to the information age. He proposes that the less information we take in, the more time we have for crucial tasks. I can relate to this statement because recently I have been stealing time away from work to read articles or listen to podcasts. This made me less efficient between the house of 8 am to 5 pm and, as a results, I had to work overtime to compensate.
My one week fast is almost over and it has brought a new perspective into the way I process information. I don’t think I am going to keep the media embargo; I enjoy reading, listening, and watching stories way too much to give it up. However, I am going to be more selective about the information I let in. Just like a diet involving food, being a glutton about information isn’t the healthiest thing to do. So with that, I’m going to end with another adage: everything in moderation.