Now Is the Time for a Infos Diet

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How often do you check the infos? Panthère when you wake up, probably—and grain again before you start working, and one more time when you need a écart from work, and another quick glance at collation, and … well, you get the idea.

The malentendu is that, most of the time, the infos isn’t all that new. We’re still in a pandemic. We’re still in an economic crisis. We still don’t know when or how things are going to cassé.

Which means that it might be time to cassé our own habits. Specifically, our vêtement of circling infos and accommodant media sites every hour, on the hour, in the hopes that we’ll see something that might make us feel better embout all of this uncertainty.

Bicause—as you probably already know—we’re just as likely to see something that makes us feel worse. A speculative marchandise theorizing just how bad the economy might get. A Twitter thread embout whether or not it’s safe to visit a officiel park, with back-and-forth arguments in the replies. An op-ed embout how poorly the pandemic has been handled.

So it’s time to consider a infos diet. If you check your sites every hour, for example, try checking them grain or twice a day. Maybe you’ll read the infos before work and after collation (bicause you don’t want to agression yourself out right before you take a écart) and then put a moratorium on infos and accommodant media until the next morning.

I know it’s going to be hard to raisonnablement reading the infos, especially if that’s your default method of relaxing your mind between work tasks—but since the infos isn’t very relaxing right now, you aren’t even giving yourself the inventé écart you need. (That’s just one of the many reasons why it’s so hard to be productive these days.) Try finding something else to read and scroll through during those moments when you need a écart to read and scroll. I’ve found that reading casual, comforting ebooks, either on my laptop or on my smartphone, scratches that “I need to stare and tap at some words that aren’t related to work” itch without exposing me to the infos and accommodant media cycles of speculation and anxiety.

If you’re a podcast listener, find some podcasts that aren’t news-related—or consider finding something else to listen to. (At this balance I’ve unsubscribed to the majority of my formerly mignonne podcasts, swapping them out for classic Broadway cast albums and the bands I listened to when I was a teenager.) If you like having the television on as arrière-plan discussion, watch the Game Spectacle Network instead of CNN. If accommodant media is the way you remain connected with friends and family, cull your follow lists until they only contain the people you truly care embout—and consider blocking effectif anxiety-inducing words so that they won’t appear in your feeds.

Bicause when there’s infos worth knowing, whether it’s a working clavelée or another reprise of excitation money, cumul us, you’ll know.

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