I have been thinking a lot about my life and its direction lately. One of the outcomes of all that thinking is The Life List, in which I have listed some of the things that I actually want to do during my life.
I will be putting more effort into this blog, as well as changing its direction somewhat. I am going to try to start writing more in-depth articles, and using it to hone my skills as a writer (yes, I know that I need a lot of honing).
I still need to put in a lot of thought about the exact direction for the blog, but I hope that it will develop naturally as I work on it. I will also put in more effort into actually attracting readers here. I want this to act as a springboard for my future projects.
I will need some help in all of this, so I will need you to let me know if I can do anything to improve, either my writing, my blog, or anything else, for that matter.
I found this article in my notes, i wrote it originally about two months ago, and never posted it, so here it is:
Inspired by the Four Hour Work week, I have tried the low information diet for five days. The results were very interesting and surprising, so much so that I wrote another article about it. I can recommend it for anyone.
In case you do not want to read the book for some strange reason (you really should, there is a ton of useful information/ideas/inspiration in it, it is one of the very few books I ever read more than once), or you just want to know my take on the process, here it is: (I am including my own personal deviations from Tim’s recommendations.
No consumption of social media
No websurfing, except as it is necessary to do my work, in which case it will be just enough to get the task done.
No reading RSS feeds
No non-fiction reading except for the Four Hour Work Week
Fiction reading limited to 1h, just before bedtime (I used this to catch up on Hellboy, but you can choose something else)
No TV News or newspapers (I never did any of those to begin, so not really an issue for me)
Watching Entertainment TV limited to 1h a day
Tim includes a five minute check for news at lunch by asking someone if anything happened during the day. I did not use it, as I found that people tended to discuss things with me, anyway.
Here are some of my own refinements:
I limited email checking to once per day after 12 O’clock. In the case of my personal gmail account, I just quickly scanned through the important items (I find that the automated importance determination in gmail works really well).
I kept writing updates to Google Plus about my low information diet (I posted from the Google homepage, so that I would not get tempted to actually read my stream). This had several benefits:
It meant that I had publicly committed, so that, when I was tempted to quit, I felt bad thinking that I would disapoint my readers (rationally, I doubt that any of them would have really cared, but on an emotional level it feels different than if it was only me that knew about it)