Sometimes I feel like drowning in information. Sure, this problem is often self-made, but getting out of this habit to constantly consume new information is difficult.
A while ago, I read that the content of the front page of a newspaper (I think it was the New York Times) provides you with as much information as a person in the middle ages got during a whole year. If that is true or not, I cannot say. What I can say is that in our ever-accelerating life, the information we have to do deal with every day are massive and abundant.
And I have my fair share in that information consumption. When I take a break, I watch a short video or read something. I constantly check my phone just to keep myself busy, and seldom have times of complete calm without any new information to digest. Moreover, I do that until I get to bed and close my eyes. It is no wonder, I feel exhausted.
A couple of days ago, I felt that I was full. Full of too many information. I had a headache, and even after my headache vanished, I didn’t want to watch TV, listen to a podcast, read, or check my phone. I was craving for a break. So, I took it. I just lay on my bed and did nothing. Well, actually I massaged my neck, which hurt from sitting in front of a laptop every day, and also from having to process too many sensations.
To continue with the reduction of my information intake, I check my phone less often during the day, and even if I check it, I am mindful what I want to do. I also decreased the amounts of videos I watch, and articles I read. And, my breaks are real breaks now. I don’t consume any information. When I consume new information, I try to limit myself to a few topics. So far, I can say that I have more energy and can concentrate for a longer time. I will also use the concept of the last hour to meditate or give myself a neck massage again before going to sleep.
What is your way to handle the information intake? Let me know in the comments below.
Have a wonderful day and take care!