The miracle diet to avoid infobesity
You can’t stop saying that your time is precious, yet you’ve just spent 20 minutes scrolling your Facebook news feed, all this to see cats being frightened by a cucumber, or to erase comments from your embarrassing uncle Tom on your holiday photos?
Nowadays, information is everywhere, whether it’s via your colleague’s emails, social networks or notifications of this sports application that you downloaded 8 months ago, without actually using it. We are scared to miss out on information, researchers have even created a term, which sounds like a humanitarian foundation for this: FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). But contrary to the information feed, our time isn’t growing. Here are a few tricks to manage this information flow and not end up infobese:
Drive out notifications
First of all, drive out the email notifications. These might be trivial, however if you don’t answer a mail at once, your subconscious is already thinking about it. If the subject of the mail is so important, one will come and speak to you about it directly or call you.
While you’re at it, drive out all your application notifications. No need to be notified immediately to see that jackson25 liked your last photo on Instagram. If you’re motivated, you can even delete social network applications. It’s like stopping cigarettes, at the beginning it’s hard but after a while one feels better.
Check your information sources
If you need to monitor, use 2 or 3 sites which are rather pertinent and focus on these. No need to comb through half of the Google results, for each search. You may use the RSS Flow. On Twitter, you can use 4 to 5 hashtags, which concern you directly, without feelings forced to read tweets from the 4578 accounts, you follow.
Set naming rules and store information
Beyond the time one spends consulting information, the time we spend looking for it, is quite significant as well. To avoid spending 15 minutes to find a file on your desktop, which is filled with shortcuts (we know), tidy your documents carefully, through files which are named depending on precise rules. And for the information you wish to share with your peers, you can use a wiki.
Use a professional telephone
During the day, you’re disturbed by this text from your mother, who is reminding you to wish your first cousin whom you haven’t seen in decades, his birthday. In the evening, when you’re at home, peacefully settled in your couch, you receive a call from your boss, who is asking you to send him an email again, which you’ve already sent three times. To avoid such hassles, use a professional phone which you switch off, once you’re back home and put your personal phone on the silent mode.
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