Climate change, deforestation, extreme temperatures, fossil fuel emissions, global warming, homelessness, famine, an epidemic, nuclear explosion, end of the world – is all of this going to make your day better, let alone help you achieve your goals?
I don’t even have to say it.
From this point forward, I’m going to propose that you develop an uncanny ability to be selectively ignorant. Ignorance may be bliss, but it is also practical. It is imperative that you learn to ignore or redirect all information and interruptions that are irrelevant, unimportant, or unactionable. Most are all three.
The first step is to develop and maintain a low-information diet. Just as modern man consumes both too many calories and calories of no nutritional value, information workers eat data both in excess and from the wrong sources. – Tim Ferris
This is the end. From this day going forward, let’s try to go on a one-week media fast. No magazines, newspapers, television, non music radio, twitter feeds regarding anything negative, websites (especially political ones). If you want to know what’s going on in the world, simply ask someone during a 1 hour lunch break every now and then, “hey, anything important going on in the world?”
Tim Ferris, during the elections 5 years ago, emailed some of his closest friends pertaining to the election. Although he was in Germany, he still wanted to vote and trusted the expertise of his closest affiliates instead of becoming inundated in an emotional war between parties.
You’re probably wondering, “what the heck can I do with all this extra time?” Well, it’s amazing knowing you have free’d yourself from sheer pessimism, but there are great alternatives like making speaking to your spouse, quality time with the kids, reading SELF-DEVELOPMENT BOOKS (no love stories gone wrong), to-do lists, projects, etc. If you desperately have to, look at a business magazine if you’re tuned into the business aspect of the world. If you see that there’s a lot of bickering, as there will be, and like a bad movie (Black Christmas circa 2007), put down the newspaper or walk out of the theater!