The large of majority of us are time-starved and overloaded with information. It often seems impossible to manage what we’re doing and work on the tasks, or learn the lessons, we need to get to the next level. How do other people do it?

Here’s how Farhan Thawar, VP of Engineering at Xtreme Labs, saves a lot of his time:

There’s been one tip in the past five years that has given me the most amount of time in my life; it’s called, “Don’t read the news.” It has been amazing. I literally don’t read the news, I try to limit my news to what people tell me, and I’ll look it up later… I can really focus on things that have non-temporal value, that don’t just become obsolete.

Thawar goes on to give an example of a “reading hierarchy,” which looks like this:

  1. Books
  2. Magazines
  3. Blogs
  4. Twitter

While it can be extremely satisfying to know the news before everyone else, it’s important to pay attention to the evergreen information that will be valuable not only for the next week, but for the years to come.

  • chef

    this is the worst advice. essentially you are saying tune out, dont pay attention to the world around you? i guess if the “news” you read is garbage like this blog, by all means, stop. but jesus…

  • JWavy

    I completely agree with Chef. So we should be a bunch of uninformed Palinites? Ridiculous! Worst advice EVERRR!

  • Bob Tabor

    Unlike the other commenters, I actually agree with this advice … it works for the same reason I’ve left Facebook: the news & social updates are clutter, a distraction, and sometimes depressing. The news often gives you a very surface level overview of the details and is almost always biased (you’ll find the news that suits you) and rarely does the news provide context — it rarely helps you see how it impacts your life.

  • fnthawar

    What you guys are missing, is that you will always get the important news. What I’m saying is don’t hit refresh on Twitter and FB 20x per day

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