10/23/13

Too much


Lately I've been feeling overwhelmed with all the information that's out there. If I want to know something, I just type it into Google and I can see the answer instantly. I love this—it saves me a lot of work—but I wonder if it's stifling my creativity. I'm not seeking out my own solutions when it's so easy just to look things up.

And there's so much noise! Perhaps I'm listening to an audio book or podcast at home, then maybe I'll watch a few movies on YouTube, listen to some classical music. NPR is usually on in the car.

Then there's all the reading: blogs, news, interesting articles people post on Facebook, emails, magazines, free ebooks, Pinterest . . . I'm crowding out reading time with my beloved actual books. What's more, I'm not always reading the books I want to read most. I'm trying to keep up with what's new, or reading free review copies I've received, but I find I'm usually more satisfied when I seek out books I know I really, really want to read.

There is so much good information out there. I don't have time to process it all. I love learning new things, but I think it's time for me to take a step back. I need to re-prioritize what information I'm ingesting. Just because something is good doesn't necessarily make it worth my time.

Today I'm going to list my sources of information (and I've made a pretty good start here), and prioritize them. Some sources (General conference, scriptures, classic novels) need to be moved up higher. Some sources I will need to check in with less. Some sources may need to be eliminated.

Do you feel overwhelmed with information? Do you feel that it compromises your creativity and ability to think for yourself? What are your priorities?

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