So-called information overload is a myth. To be precise, it is an unwanted consequence of bad [company|personal] policy.

Most people take it for granted, a bane of our oh-so-modern era, like long commuting times, broken marriages or short lived cell-batteries. These are excuses. Excuses make you spineless.

To me, information overload is an attitude. At some point in time, you decided you really really really had to react to all those incoming messages, hints, tips, requests, emails and news. You know, to be hip, to be trendy, to be “in the know” of the latest fad. I have news for you: fads work for people who are paid to invent and/or live by them. Like, showbiz people. (and yes, corporation CEOs are showiz people).

It was your choice: the world has always been noisy.

Good news: you got in, you can get out.

I will now give you my two mantras for defeating information overload. They work for me because I want them to. Maybe you can do the same.

  1. Life is too short for trivias.
  2. I don’t have to put up with this shit.
Read them every morning when you wake up. Repeat them to yourself every time you feel your focus is being stolen or your energy misdirected.

Now, see how much of your information overloaded day survives the combined action of the mantras.

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