3 things I’m trying to go from compulsive content glutton to conscious content consumer
37 hours and 4 minutes.
That’s my total listening time on Audible for the month of March.
That’s only a tiny fraction of the content I consume in any given month. There are podcasts, Kindle books, physical books, social media posts, articles, and more. It’s almost all non-fiction. Mostly stuff that’s classified as personal and professional development.
My consumption is a compulsion.
I like stuffing my brain with new information, perspectives, stories, and insights. I struggle with being more intentional about how and what information I take in. It’s one big area of my life where I am not a minimalist.
Give me more, more, more.
It all started long ago, before we had the internet.
I’ve never been very good at consuming content consciously.
When I was a kid, the library was my happy place. I would take out way more books than I could ever possibly get through, but I tried. Later in university, I would spend hours in the stacks going down rabbit holes that were not related to the research I was supposed to be focusing on.
While I love exploring and discovering content, my compulsion often leaves me feeling empty.
Taking the next bite of information for the sake of doing it. Not because it’s truly enriching my knowledge or providing a satisfying experience. It’s a problem.
Here’s what I’ve decided to do about it.
The month of consuming consciously.
For the month of April, I will:
- Do an information fast
One day this month, I won’t read, listen or watch anything at all. I will spend time with people, take long walks/hikes, dance, nap, take time with my meals, clean etc.
- Be more selective
I don’t make myself finish books I don’t like, but I often finish books that are just okay.I will only listen or read to a book if it’s truly enjoyable to consume.
- Do more things in silence
I often listen to podcasts and audiobooks while doing things like washing the dishes, doing the laundry, and even sometimes when I’m reading (I know!). For one month, I’m going to do these things in silence (that includes music) and be more present.
My goal is to become a more conscious consumer of content. Let’s see how this goes.
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