I think I’ve been suffering from information overload or rather, infoxication.
From originally wanting to know everything about the pandemic and the economic and health repercussions of the virus, I’m at the point where it’s just getting overwhelming for my poor brain and sanity to cope with.
I feel that all I need to know right now are actual specifics about lockdown and how it will affect me personally (ie when and what is being relaxed, who I can meet up with and where) and from my employer, when/if I’ll be going back to the office.
I really don’t need or want to know any more. I used to watch the daily Coronavirus update but even that was getting a bit too much.
At some point in the future, I might be interested in reading more about what the various experts and governments around the world should have/shouldn’t have done but I’d rather read about it as a historical event which I lived through – that’s assuming I will live through this.
Maybe HBO will do a Chernobyl-like mini-series about it to dramatise all the lies and incompetence but also pay homage to the brave and the inspirational.
I’ve tried to cut back on my use of social media.
The weekly Zoom calls I have with my friends are great but also remind me how much I miss them.
I still check out Twitter for my business/investing news and although I haven’t unfollowed or blocked anyone, I’ve muted a LOT of people who were just spouting negativity. I know things will get worse, I just don’t want to be bombarded with this fact every day in a hundred different ways.
Give me more stories about Captain Tom Moore.
I’m sooooo glad that the German football league has started as my feed will now have a trickle of positive but irrelevant tweets.
I’m really craving reading something that I’m interested in but which has nothing to do with whether people are going to die or that the country will go down in flames during the worst recession in history.
I also recently developed the terrible habit of checking my phone excessively while I’m watching tv, in between reading chapters of my book and worse, it’s really distracting me while I’m working.
I came across the Forest app (free for Android) which supposedly helps you focus on tasks at hand.
Basically, you set a time for however long you want to concentrate (and not be distracted by your phone) and if you succeed, you grow a tree for your virtual forest.
If you fail (by giving up), you end up with a withered tree and you don’t want that messing up your nice little forest, do you?
Yes, it’s a little gimmicky but I’ve found that it has helped me somewhat with my concentration.
Anyway, there’s a better review of the app at The Money Mountain, where I first read of the app.
How is everyone else doing and does anyone else use apps to help with their concentration/focus?
Hope you’re all enjoying the bank holiday.