Every day, when I connect to the internet, I have to remind myself to check only those sites which are related to my work, so that I don’t end up wandering aimlessly from one site to another.
Because there is this thing about the internet, which also applies to the world outside it, that there is no limit to the amount of information available to you. And what’s more, you also have so many different ways to consume this information.
You have unlimited internet plans, unlimited access to your computers and phones, unlimited access to tv, unlimited books available to you on your kindles.
But what isn’t unlimited is your time, and your energy, which you need to make good use of, if you want to live a happy and meaningful life.
You don’t have to read and follow every popular site. You don’t have to watch every famous movie or tv show. You don’t have to read every bestseller book.
You don’t need to know everything in this world. You don’t have to be a human encyclopedia. It’s enough to be a human first.
You only need to read sites which you find useful. You only need to watch movies and shows that make you happy. You only need to read books that you enjoy reading. And, more importantly, you only need to do all the above for a limited time each day.
Each day, you only need to consume as much, as your brain can digest in a day, and what you can consume without reducing your productivity for the day.
You don’t need to know everything that your friends know, that your family members know, that your internet circle knows. It’s enough to limit yourself to know only what you choose to know.
If you try to catch-up with everything, you will only end up wasting precious hours of your own life every day. You don’t need to do that. You have to let go your urge to know everything, and take a closer look at all the information you consume every day, and then stop consuming the ones which don’t add any value to your life.
Also, you have to stop lying to yourself.
When you say you’ll watch tv for few minutes, and then get back to work, you lie to yourself. When you say you’ll check facebook only for a minute, you lie to yourself. When you say you’ll go through your favorite blogs for a few minutes, you lie to yourself.
A few minutes are never enough to satisfy our thirst for more information. What starts with a few minutes, almost always ends up consuming many hours of our day. I know this because I’ve been there, and done that, over and over again. And I don’t feel proud to say that.
You don’t need to know how everyone else lives their life. You don’t need to know what someone ate for dinner last night. You don’t need to know who is partying and who’s not. You don’t need to know who is watching which movie.
You don’t need all these junk in your life.
You only need to know who you are, where you want to be in life, and how to get there. You only need to know your own path, and walk it every day. You only need to know how to take care of yourself, and how to do your daily duties.
To live a meaningful life, you have to put limitations on what you should know, and also clearly understand what you don’t need to know.
Thank you for your time.