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Information Overload

It has become apparent to me that it is extremely easy to volunteer to have our inboxes overloaded with information. We're being bombarded with subscription notifications, facebook updates and tweets which can seem urgent, important, or even compelling. Let us settle down for a moment.

Let's say you're subscribed to 3(to be extremely conservative) blogs/websites. Most bloggers post daily and with the increasing popularity of blogs and thus the increasing wealth of bloggers, some websites may even have a whole team of staff creating content . . . a post per employee . . . per day!

This is problematic. How much time do you have to read these posts? A list of subscriptions can easily become excessive, with material being created faster than consumed. You're left with a surplus of material to get through and a deficit of sanity . . . and time.

What should we do about this? 90% of my inbox at any given time is full of updates that I am compelled to check out in case I miss any great material, but it's a struggle to get round to. Such is the life of anybody drawn to good content. This causes some friction. 3(daily blog posts) x 7(days in a week) = 21 articles to read. I don't know about you, but the writers I'm interested in have a great deal of information to share. 21 articles is a lot of time, it might as well be 21 books.

'Keeping up' to date can become a second full-time job, this isn't even including local news, global news, stories from family & friends, youtube videos and DARWIN-FORBID, facebook and twitter feeds!

This is like playing keeping up with the Joneses, but instead of on an occupational, financial or material level, it's on the informational/entertainment level. You probably already know that trying to keep up with the Jonses is a silly, useless game.

Here are some things we should do:

Unsubscribe from everything. Instead, bookmark your favourite websites and visit them when you have a piece of free time and nothing better to do(the key is to always have something better to do than read a blog post), or even better, visit the website when its content is able to help you perform a certain task or activity you wish to get involved in. Don't visit a productivity blog if you have a list of tasks to do, haha.

Alternatively, unsubscribe from anything you are not directly involved in or take an extreme interest in. If you don't get to play Chess often, don't get your inbox spammed with the latest analysis of Sparkov's opening moves, if you're a physicist, keep the physics journal updates, ditch the Mothers Frugal Home Cookies blog. All of these places will probably still be around when you get a chance to do some mindless surfing. Mindless surfing - by the way - should not a be part of your every day. Do it as frequently as you surprise your other half with gifts...

If you're extremely weak-willed. Keep all of your subscriptions, but immediately delete any update that is not of interest, or relevant to your life & only read them on the weekend(or whenever your off days are).

Cancel ALL social media notifications. UNLESS, you run a business that utilises these, in which case, still cancel your personal account notifications. Tell your friends to text, call or visit you if they want to talk.

The point is to try and detach ourselves from the highspeed, information overload lifestyle. Absorb information that is useful, interesting and relevant to you. Take your time with it. There is a limit to the amount of material you can take in each day, I have hit this limit and have tried to surpass it plenty of times; know that it is not pleasant, desirable or necessary.

Sometimes it feels like the internet can be a drug or disease, which is a shame. Let's restrict our internet intake and supplement our life with worthwhile experiences instead.