Don’t stay on top of things

20 years ago, it wasn’t possible to

  • Read every article in the newspaper
  • Watch every news bulletin
  • Read every book in your local library

Today, it isn’t possible to

  • Read every email in your inbox
  • Keep up with every news notification on your phone
  • Read every tweet on your timeline
  • Peruse every Whatsapp forward your uncle sends you
  • Read every article you’ve bookmarked for later
  • Read all the books you have on your Kindle

In the last 20 years, our world has changed in ways that makes ‘staying on top of things’ an ever more futile act. Realizing this is liberating. Instead, we could conserve our attention merely for things that are important.

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