I’ve been reading Timothy Ferriss’s blog,
specifically his entries about the “low information diet.” This is a powerful concept. It refers to not reading the newspaper, spending
less time on email and the web and generally limiting the information that
comes into your life. Here’s a great example of why you don’t need to follow
the news, from Ferriss’s interview with Drew Curtis of Fark.com:
Ferriss: If you had to limit your information intake to less than 30 minutes a day
(excluding email), what would you consume/read/watch?
Curtis: Nothing. I’d wait
until my friends asked me “did you see that?” and then say “no, why do you
ask?” and see if their response is interesting. You can always catch up later.
Oftentimes when news breaks it’s hours or days before anyone knows what
actually happened. Wait until next week for the summary if it’s that
Why is this good? In your personal life, you free up more time to do
the things you want to do. At work, you stop being interrupted by questions and
requests all the time because a) you don’t answer your email fast enough and b)
people start to realize you didn’t read the article in question so you don’t
know the answer anyway.