I think that I was suffered from Information Obesity, About one in half hour I always check my phone to know about the detail every event of the day, I check my friends instagram story to know what they doing right know and sometime I put off my collage task or postpone my study time because someone is wrong about something on my social media feed and I need to explain to them how they are wrong. This is happens almost all the time and I need about two hours to realize that I was wasting my time for unimportant thing.
On Computer screen, there’s no difference. If my calculate is right, I spends 7-8 hours a day in the weekend to consuming information from all my bookmarks and got a lot distracted too in my weekday study time just for consuming information. Is that worth it for me? Is consuming a lot make me a better person? or Is it just turn me to well inform people but got problem with productivity? is I become person I dislike?
Today, I just realize I was became a person I dislike a most in my life. I don’t need to correct someone to being wrong if it disrupt my study or my project and also I don’t need consume all of information out there, just a bit of information is enough. I need to adjust my habit to make sure I become a better person with better quality times of productivity, I want to become someone that I love, someone valuing intellectual in a good way. So, I put myself on the Information diet.
My problem with information is they are everywhere, just like a food sometimes they are bad for your body and sometimes they are good. But Information has awful way to increase their availability, it is with social media sharing tools. I know the reason people who created that tools is just for good but it makes worse by the people who using it to share clickbait information, junk information, or fake news. Basically what I need is what I call “healthier information” for my mind so I decided to do few more things
1. Removing Social Media and News App
Recently I uninstall most of the app that distract me from my study and my productivity like Snapchat, path, Twitter, Facebook, Kompas, Huffingtonpost, The Guardian. etc. But, not all social app I remove from my phone, I still using Line Messenger and Whatsapp to connect with my friends or just call my Lecture. I think Line Messenger is one of the source of dumb Information if I got trapped in the feed or in Line Story. So, in order this method work. I managed the times to check the phone and how long I can check the phone? I decided to check the phone just 3 times a day (06.00 am, 01.00 pm, 08.00 pm.) in amount 5-15 minutes. i hope I can commit with schedule thing.
2. Read What I Need
By Realize I can’t be possibly someone who know it all, it give me some perspective on myself and my capabilities. It decrease my alter ego. I Realize that I can be excellent at something if I keep focus on something really matters. So Instead read on all news site on my bookmarks, I just spend my hour or two each morning or afternoon to read Financial Times, The Economist, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and two my national newspaper Kompas and Tempo and In the Weekend maybe I will read Harvard Business Review too. Actually, I will spend more times with real books, about 200 pages per day if I have so much free times or 100 pages per day if I got busy day.
Will it working? I don’t really know what result but I really want my perspective change for the better and I think this diet is the only way.