For the last three weeks I have been following a particular Information Diet program. Specifically:
- Deleted Foursquare from my iPhone. It's a useless habit that actually encourages anti-social, neurotic behaviours.
- Mail.app is only allowed to run for two or three hours a day as and when needed or appropriate. It is not running in the background.
- Twitter is only allowed for burst of 5-10minutes only at the beginning, middle or end of the day.
- Un-followed over half of the people I was following on Twitter using this initial guide: From only the persons avatar and description, do I know who they are and why I am following them?
- Summary un-following of anyone on Twitter who acts as a repeated for the HackerNews echo chamber, or repeaters of those who do.
- I'm using my New York Times subscription as my news source, not Twitter.
In the three weeks that I've been following this approach, I've found that my concentration and attention span has improved and I feel less anxious. So far, so QED.
One of the other benefits is that I feel less angry. The effect of having a channel of external anger, outrage or damaged ego du-jour being unfurled before you every time you log on (Twitter <_<) on you own emotional makeup cannot be underestimated. Use Twitter less, and you'll stop taking on other people's emotional emissions.
I'm going to continue to add to this regimen and tweak it as I face 2013 determined to create more and consume less.