A couple of days ago, I got on a plane and flew home from Salt Lake City. I had just left the international convention for the amazing health partner that I work with, Usana Health Sciences. This is my 3rd year going to this conference, and once again, it didn't dissapoint. I mean, I got to meet MC Hammer, turns out, you CAN touch this.
Hands down though, the best speaker I listened to was Darren Hardy.
Darren is the publisher of Success magazine. Talk about someone who's got their shit together. Not only is he an excellent speaker, but his content really blew my mind. It's rare for me to walk away with as many ideas, a-ha's, and action points as I did from him. One of the major things he spoke about was the KIND of information we allow into our lives. He wrote an excellent article pertaining to this topic. I read a quote once that said: Every two days now we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003. Does that not kind of blow your mind?
What Darren says is that it's not the fact that we're overloaded on information, it's about the fact that we are overloaded with such low-quality information. He said that, and it hit me like a ton of bricks, he is SO right. It really made me think about the amount of time I spend every day, every week, every year absorbing DUMB shit. Celebrity gossip. Reality tv. 8 million ways to style a pony tail. Negative rants. Mindless YouTube watching. Following Facebook drama. This list goes on.
What a freakin' waste of time.
I'm almost slightly ashamed of how much time I've wasted, how many important things I've avoided/ignored, and how much DIDN'T get produced because of this. Ugh. Gross. It hit me so strongly that on that plane ride home, I found myself super excited to get on my computer and make some changes. So, here's what I spent about an hour doing that night.
1. I went through my whole RSS blog feed and cleaned HOUSE. I deleted blogs I never read. I deleted ALL celebrity gossip blogs. I deleted all blogs that I felt like I'd been reading out of obligation. I deleted all blogs that tended to lean in a more woe-is-me, pity party, angry or negative direction. My blog count went from 325 to 29. YES.
2. I went through both my Facebook friends and my Instagram followees and did the same. I deleted all those "rich kids of Instagram". I deleted the celebrity gossipers. I blocked the people who do nothing but rant/vent. I then went through and added more people doing the things that I find of value. Fitness freaks. Healthy foods. Successful, positive and ethical business people. Spiritual givers.
This took about an hour of my time, and I can't get over how GOOD it feels. I feel like a media weight has been lifted. When I look through my social media feeds, I feel GOOD. I read positive, funny and inspiring things all day long.
And man, does that feel GOOD.
(P.S. I did keep my favorite silly Instagram feed: slothsforeveryone. You're welcome.)