I have a confession to make – I am a bigger idiot than I thought I was. Lately, I have almost stopped reading articles about the technology industry. I am not even that active on Twitter anymore, forget Facebook. I plan to focus on health and lifestyle strategies instead from now on.
This change took root last year. For the first half of the year, I spent my time on Twitter, Facebook and Google Reader. Around October, however, I was swamped crazy with work and had absolutely no time for any of these activities. It felt like my days were leaking ‘time’ and there was always something to do. I was posting less updates daily. Despite this – strangely – all was just fine. During this time, I started reading up on how to manage my time effectively during the day. I also took a step back to evaluate my time online.
I realised something startling – I spent countless hours reading pointless articles like these and these. What good are articles that talk of predictions, reviews, news and product update information? Companies will continue to make products whether we like them or not. I remember a meeting with AMD back in 2005. They were showing us their road-map for releasing micro-processors over the next five years – starting from dual core, stretching up to penta-core processors. I was a first-hand witness to the hoopla in the blogosphere, every time AMD and Intel increased a core in their processors…. and yet, I read every word of it. Am sure they made that presentation to everyone who mattered in the publishing space and yet everyone predicted so many different theories for what the two companies would do next, inspite of knowing exactly what will come. From October till December in 2010, I pruned all my technology-related RSS feeds – most of them said the same things anyway.
Since Time Management was my interest at the time, I read everything even remotely related. I also subscribed to the RSS feeds of some amazing websites. These talked of new ways to think in a situation, and how to manage your health. I also started reading books like Who Moved My Cheese, the 4 Hour Work Life, and the 4 Hour Body, among others.
I have devoured all this health/lifestyle-related information and I cannot believe how unhealthy my lifestyle had become prior to understanding food sources and lifestyle factors. I am slowly starting to eat healthy and feel better about this too. I am also reading a lot of How To articles for various situations in daily life and finding value in them.
With a lot of hope and optimism, I look forward to 2011, where I hope to remain the wide-eyed idiot. Some of the blogs/ websites I am reading are Timothy Ferriss, Mark’s Daily Apple, Fabulously Broke, Lean Grains, and The Great Fitness Experiment.
What’s up with you guys? How are you making 2011 better?