The Noise, the sound, and the silence
TL;DR; A non-spiritual guide on how to filter the noise, and reach inner peace.
Big Data — The noise
We live in the information age, where data is a commodity in many cases more valuable than paying actual customers.
Since the dawn of time up to the year 2003, humans had created 130 exabytes of data. In the last 15 years, we produced 10 times more data than in the rest of our existence, and this trend is only growing exponentially.
We use data to make better decisions, to run medical and genomics research, to train AI… and to embarrass you in front of your colleagues with questionable ad recommendations!
Company like Uber, AirBnb, and Seamless made us impatient, because they thought us that we can have what we want, when we want it. We suffer from digital dementia, phantom vibrations, text neck pains, ear buds premature deaf, we’re falling from the cliff while playing Pokemon Go and buying crypto kitties for $140,000, https://twitter.com/CryptoKitties/status/995472778722656256. Internet is a firehose of information, what amazing yet noisy time we live in.
Filter what’s important — The Sound
Social media is a blackhole that sucks our time with click bait, and too often is the reason of our delay or anxiety for have procrastinated during an important deadline. Social media FOMO is fake, you’re just missing videos of friends squatting at the gym, pictures of hipster latte, #nofilters (toxic) sunset, pictures of summer wedding of some of your ex-colleagues friends.
Remove ALL social media apps from your phone and you’ll get back easily 2 hours of your life, less buzz and distractions. Use your phone for texting, calling and to listen to music.
Say NO very often, make todo lists, prioritize your tasks, discipline yourself, do only one thing at the time, the important one, and schedule some relaxation time.
Focus, the most understated skill
How many times you catch yourself daydreaming while reading or listening?
Learn how to really listen. Listen to listen, not to reply. Listen for the underline messages and acknowledge them, that’s how you create meaningful connections, gain respect, and feel calm.
Be present is the most valuable gift anyone can offer to someone. That’s why it’s called “present”.
Listen to music!
Be present — The Silence
Free your mind by writing your thoughts and ideas down, do meditation sometimes, it will train your mind to be in the present, and when you’re in the present you’re happy.
Keep your house clean, do your bed, and keep your inbox to zero. It’s easier than you think, you only need a weekend to unsubscribe to unwanted emails, archive anything unnecessary, move actionable items into your todo list, use reply & archive, recognize and archive BS emails from the subject, use filters.
10x better, a short list
- Say NO
- Be present
- Remove Social Media
- Write your thoughts on paper
- Inbox zero
- Declutter your apartment and life from what’s unnecessary (https://konmari.com/)