I’m currently surrounded by over a dozen books and a dozen gadgets and gizmos I’m actively using andor could be using right now.
I’m guessing your environment looks similar to mine unless you’ve become a minimalist and sold or donated away your things.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m neither humble-bragging nor complaining about the things surrounding me, I’m just observing how easy it is to overcrowd our spaces—physical and digital—with todos.
The disease (dis-ease) of our time is TMI—too much information.
News is an obvious one. I’ve read (somewhere) that the human mind wasn’t made to hold a worlds worth of bad news.
Another is the work-related todos (that we often put on ourselves) pile around us. Overcrowded schedules. Pulled in a million directions except for the one you want to be focusing on.
So what are we supposed to do about this?
For starters, we can live by the principle “out of sight out of mind.” If we remove the options around us, we can focus in on the priority in front of us. If you’re reading a book, don’t surround yourself with a hundred other books you want / should be reading.
But generally, if you have a task to do, limit your scope to that task and only that task. Everything else should be removed from your site or reach if possible. We’re not banning things, just simply taking away the option of use for the next 30 minutes or so.
If something is bothering you or weighing on you, remove it from your mind temporarily so you can focus on what’s important.
Another thing we can continuously do is ask ourselves, “Is this helpful or unhelpful?
Does having 100+ browser tabs open at one time helpful or unhelpful with what I’m trying to do right now?
Does checking Facebook every 5 minutes improving my life or making it harder. Moderation and minimal-ization are key.
The problem isn’t necessary TMI, but too much information all at once. If we’re trying to focus on a dozen things we end up focusing on nothing.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1115