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April 05, 2011


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Go on a very restricted media diet for a month. Spend no more than half an hour every day on social media sites and the Internet. Don't watch more than an hour of TV. Don't read most magazines and even most books for a whole month.

You'll discover that you have a whole lot of time on your hands to invest in more productive activities. Spend that time only reading or studying information that you can take action on.

Mike Murray

This is one of the most practical pieces of advice I've read in a long time. Thank you.

Liz Guthridge

Good points, Robert. For those of us who suffer from FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), it's easier said than done to wean ourselves from the wealth of wonderful information out there.


It's sooooo easy to want to know more ... for me at least. I like learning.

I find at times that the search for more info is a sort of procrastination.

For what it's worth. Good post RM.

Dorothy  Lynn

The temptation to surf is great--like being dropped in the middle of a candy store and you're all alone there with no one to stop you. I've noticed that many blogs, sites, etc. are repetitive. They tell us what we already know (even if we don't always DO what they suggest.)The problem is, they are always there, day after day, actually minute by minute in some cases. It is so tempting to just have a quick look and there goes an hour. Thank you for bringing the subject to our attention, so that maybe we can begin to monitor ourselves a bit. I'll still always open your blogs.

Patricia Proctor

This is totally what I need again. A good example I have is that I have been wanting to do some simple tutorial videos for web design clients.

I had an older version of Camtasia that I had used to do these before but my "BUY THE LATEST AND GREATEST" mindset was telling me I really needed to fork out a couple more hundred dollars to do a good job.


Last night, I used the old version - and it worked just fine. I didn't spend any more money and I didn't spend any more time learning the updated version.


Hi Robert,
Great post, another approach is to create a river of information that delivers to you only the most relevant information on a daily basis from your social media feeds. There are a few tools out there that can help present the outcome such as You should include information on competitors, industry news, thought leaders that can be found in blogs, newsletters, twitter streams and news feeds. Create and filter the feeds then you can consume them on the spot or save them for a quieter time.
In this way the information is not so overwhelming and you have time to think as well as get some work done.
Keep up the good work.
David Duncan

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