Now, in times of Corona and other viral news, this skill is more critical than ever.
One of the most important lessons I learned is that you shouldn't always be online. Not only not being reachable but also not consuming all day.
Especially when you are working in the tech area, it's a saying that you should always be looking for the next trend, or you will be left behind. Trust me; you won't be left behind that quickly.
And I think that's valid for any area in life. You never need always to know and do the latest and greatest shit. You won't die from not following someone on social media or not reading the news.
Let's check on some areas...
When I think about my childhood, I always remember my parents and my grandparents read the newspaper in the morning. That's how it's done, I thought. Staying up to date with what is happening in the world and the community seemed important.
When I was an adult, I also thought I should stay up to date and read the news on the phone or my computer. To be honest, that didn't stick too long, and if you think about it, it's also not necessary. Most of the news is so short-sighted and not needed anymore on the next day. Plus, I don't care about which celebrity got married or divorced that day.
I don't see any point in wasting time every day to check out what has happened around the world. I like to get a weekly update on what's happening in the world, so maybe I scroll trough the news on the weekend some times.
I am subscribed to some newsletters of my favorite writers that publish weekly, and I read them when I have time.
The next point about the news is that you shouldn't believe anything they are telling you. Most of it is overdramatized. Why? That's how news agencies earn money. The more people panic, the more people click on their side and see the advertisements.
The news is waiting for you. You don't miss out. And if you definitely should know something, someone will tell you about anyways.
Everybody is a coach or a guru, or something else that he or she thinks is super important. That's why there are thousands of coaches and entrepreneurs out there trying to drag your attention to their social media profiles. Nowadays, mostly to Instagram.
I am not saying that there are only bad ones, but more than 90 percent probably don't even know what they are talking about.
For social media goes the same that goes for news in general; the size of the following doesn't indicate quality. The most important newspapers are most probably the worst ones. Only because someone has 100K followers on Instagram, it doesn't mean, he or she is a good sport.
You can also find small profiles that add enormous value; you just have to look for them.
You are enough
The key message of this post should be precisely this; YOU ARE ENOUGH. You don't need the news, nor you need social media to be complete. Spend some time with yourself, and I don't mean scrolling on your phone. Time alone in solitude, embrace.