Sometime back @anjali asked me a question.
Most of my consumption is random scrolling of LinkedIn, Medium - kinda like info overload, it comes in and goes out of mind💀
The query came after reading Sahil Bloom’s post on 4 types of professional time.
I feel everyone has faced this when they are on the path of improvement.
The wrath of overconsumption, the abundance of information.
Here is how I have dealt with the overconsumption of information and feeling of overwhelm —
1. Purging & Curating
I started curating my feeds on X, Instagram, and YouTube.
Unfollowed and unsubscribed a lot of junk and irrelevant accounts.
Simply purge them.
2. Report & Block
I started reporting content I wanted to avoid seeing in my feed.
It takes time and patience, but eventually, you see the benefit of it.
3. Avoid Binging
I have subscribed to newsletters and treated them like weekly episodes of TV shows.
It helps not overloading you with too much info and keeps you intrigued for what will come next week.
It is much better than binge-watching all the newsletters in one go.
4. Use the platform to it’s full potential
Made lists on X and followed few pre-existing ones.
My lists are for design thinkers, psychology, productivity, new talents etc.
5. Block time
I try to read early in the morning or at night. So, I know my when my undivided attention will be.
Try to find when you can have undivided attention to read.
Keep time for documentation.
It's okay to read less until and unless you are documenting. It helps you increase retention.
Confession - this is one aspect where I am still lacking and is WIP 🙈
I have a solo-whatsapp group where I keep sharing links and stuff which I need to read.
8. Using the break efficiently
I also have converted my break time into a light reading sessions or youtube videos on science fiction or topics I love instead of endless scrolling of reels.
9. Manage mindless scrolling
Enjoying a breather is equally important in this era of abundance.
It could be dog/cat videos or old people break dancing as these gives you a break and a breather in reading cycle.
Make sure, it doesn’t takeover your consumption time because it is very easy to give-in