星期六,December 14,二千零一十三

你需要进行信息饮食吗??

有没有可能有太多的信息?信息过载会阻碍重要任务的进行吗??

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我是个教授,社会科学家,and – to some extent – a public intellectual.It thus seems imperative that I keep up on the news.我在课堂上谈论时事。我写bepaly安卓客户端的是移民政策,这是不断变化的。而且,I like to know what's going on so I can keep apace at bars and cocktail parties.因此,in many ways,I need to know what is going on in the news so I can be effective at my work.

即便如此,我发现减少我收到的信息量很有用。我有两种方法可以减少:
  1. Limiting the amount of time I spend on news and social media sites;和
  2. 在检查电子邮件和其他网站之前完成我的智力工作(写作)。

我深信,当我在社交媒体和电子邮件上写作之前,我是一个更有成效的作家。bepaly安卓客户端However,I have to admit it is a constant struggle.这就是为什么我找到了一个医生建议的策略。摩根·吉丁斯很有用–”信息饮食。”This strategy is also suggested by Clay Johnson,作者 The Information Diet.

I am participating in a"思考创意,“生产力”课程提供者 博士。摩根吉丁斯.我只通过了第一个模块。但是,在这个模块中,Giddings提出了一个伟大的策略,她称之为information diet."她向所有的课程参与者提出挑战,要求他们切断或减少以下(通常是不必要的)信息来源:

  • 新闻网站
  • Blogs
  • Email
  • 脸谱网
  • Twitter
  • 文本消息
  • 电话交谈
  • In-person conversations

Giddings argues that reducing the amount of extraneous information that you permit to come into your mind will allow you to tap deeper into your intuition.If there is less clutter in your mind,you can think more clearly.I certainly agree with that.但是,how do you reduce the flow of information??

Giddings并不是说你完全消除了这些信息来源,but that you control how much you take in and control the times that you indulge in them.

我有家人要照顾,所以,通常情况下,我早上醒来,直接走到我的电脑前,不会和任何人说话。However,我可以避免早上第一件事就上网的冲动。我还可以确保我在允许自己参与电子邮件之前写两个小时,bepaly安卓客户端social media,or phone conversations.

我本周将这一策略付诸实践,并取得了一定的成功。

星期三,在写作两小时之前,我成功地避免了所有的网络活动。On Thursday,我也是这样。星期五,however,当我的孩子们准备上学的时候,我想我只需要检查一下电子邮件。They left the house at 8:30am.At 9:30am,I was still on Facebook.

当我打开我的“ 自我控制“申请并写了一个小时。Self Control is a free and open-source application for Mac OS that lets you block your own access to particular websites.安装后,you can set a period of time to block for,将网站添加到黑名单,and click"开始。”在计时器过期之前,you will be unable to access those sites--even if you restart your computer or delete the application.(查看此列表 here对于其他可以帮助您进行信息饮食的应用程序。)

星期五,I set Self-Control for two hours and was able to avoid distractions for an hour.After an hour,however,我拔出手机,卷入了一场推特辩论。

经验教训(再次)。写作之前早上没有互联网!!

这不仅仅是你早上不查看电子邮件节省下来的时间,新闻网站,and social media.It is also about the mental clarity you are able to sustain.Writing is a tough intellectual exercise,and the more focus and clarity you have,the better you will be at it.

你怎么认为?Are you ready to go on an information diet?Do you already have self-imposed restrictions?你如何避免这种冲动?这种冲动会随着时间而消失吗??


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