Do you ever suffer from too much information consumption? You know, from taking in the never ending stream that is thrown in front of your face and crammed into your head every day?
Yeah, I do to.
The worst part is that I know I’m to blame. I choose to fire up Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter during moments of downtime. I choose to read the blog posts and email blasts that appear in my inbox. I choose to listen to podcasts while I drive around town. I choose to read 3 books at a time. Yes, I choose my own massive amount of information consumption.
It’s not just overwhelming, it’s counterproductive. We spend the vast majority of our time consuming information, but spend hardly any time taking action on all that info. Most of it, we don’t do anything with at all. We consume, consume, consume, and very little — if anything — ever comes of it.
That’s why I’ve decided to cut my information consumption in half. I’m also going to double the amount of action I take on the information that I do consume.
Take in less; do more with it. I’m convinced this will become my new winning formula. I know it won’t happen overnight, but I’m willing to take a few baby steps to get this crazy information consumption thing under control.
By the way, I’m also taking the same approach with the information I produce. Which is why today’s post is much shorter than usual.
Wanna play along? Here’s an action you can take right now: leave me a comment or ask me a question about this idea. I’d love to hear what this stirred up in you.
P.S. I shot a short “Superpower Sunday” Facebook video on this topic if you’d like to hear me elaborate on this (but not too much, of course). Watch the video here.