Productivity has a direct relationship with the quantity and quality of information we consume on a daily basis. Knowingly or unknowingly, we spend time in consuming ‘nice to have’ information. Such information is usually very interesting but mostly useless and contributes to the biggest killer of time.
The reason why we keep consuming such information is because we are unmindful about it. If we start distinguishing and skipping the ‘nice to have but useless’ information, we could save a lot of time and mental energy to do really productive stuff. Let us try to distinguish the type of information we consume everyday. The type of information we consume usually falls in one of the three categories below:
- Time sensitive information – Project delivery deadline, new customer lead, bills, tax intimation, travel information and many such information pieces are quite critical and requires immediate action. If we do not take prompt action, it could pose a serious threat to our work-ability.
- Should have information – Information we use in our projects and main stream work falls into this category. It could be analytics, subject matter books, blogs and useful knowledge that has direct impact on quality of our line of work.
- Nice to have information – Breaking news, friend’s dog giving birth to a puppy, get rich quick schemes, social media gossips, lifestyle magazines – the list is endless. Such information is usually spicy and interesting but not entirely useful.
The ‘nice to have’ information pose the biggest threat to productivity. Such information if consumed in high degree can cause stress, anxiety, loss of creativity, lack of original thinking, loos of inner peace and feeling of incompetency. Recent studies have shown that facebook can make you unhappy.
The key to being productive is to identify the type of information before consuming it and then take a decision to not consume if it is ‘nice to have’ information. You can do this by making a conscious effort. The easiest way to do this is by asking three simple questions to yourself:
- Is this information relevant to my line of work?
- What will I loose if I don’t consume this information right now?
- Can I live without this information?
If you start practicing these three questions and really honor your answer, your mind will get a lot of open space to create something remarkable. By consuming a low information diet, you may experience a lot of inner peace, freedom and being at ease with yourself.
What do you want to be? Information-hoalic or a creative superstar?