To conclude this tangent on media literacy and media diets (for now), let’s talk about volume. The other day I read a poem Amy Turn Sharp shared, it simply read “Edit Your Life.”
To curate your content intake is to keep this journey sustainable. Some ideas for getting involved and avoiding the overwhelm:
1. Remember you do not have to be, and in fact cannot be, an expert on all things.
Consider prioritizing a single issue you want to follow all year (and/or) focus your energy on issues that are actually making it onto the agenda.
2. Unsubscribe, Unfollow Uninstall
For every conference I attend, and for every documentary I watch, I end up with a new iOS app, an e-newsletter subscription and an SMS alert. That’s not sustainable. Go through and clear the clutter so you can read and respond to what really matters on an everyday basis.
3. Reduce crap content so your brain has more room for the good stuff.
To make space for positive change, you might have a few extra hours lying around, but many people don’t. Glennon Doyle Melton made her shift from mommy-of-three blogger to New York Times bestseller (and Oprah’s Book Club pick) by giving up her nighttime TV habit.
“For a mom, that’s the finish line. That’s like the promised land. They’re all asleep and it’s the only time to not… have to give anyone any snacks. But I realized, if you want a creative life, you have to give up that hour of TV a night. That’s freaking it.”
If you want to be a force for the issues that shape your life, is a habit like this something you can sacrifice to make change more feasible?
Tell me: How do you unsubscribe and unplug to become your life’s editor-in-chief?