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The Low Info Diet

May 28th, 2007 · Posted by Who Knows? · 1 Comment

Last week a friend sent me a pdf, The Low-Information Diet: How to Eliminate E-Mail Overload and Tripe Productivity in 24 Hours. Go check it out, it is thought provoking and applicable in many fields (not just email).

“What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the over-abundance of information sources that might consume it.” — Herbert Simon, who received the Nobel Prize in 1978 for his contribution to organizational decision making: It is impossible to have perfect and complete information at any given time to make a decision.

I will now go and completely misrepresent his life’s work, by applying this to each and every thing it seems useful for. Dealing with the rats on my ceiling, for example. I have a headache, I had a very bad night’s rest. Yes, I am procrastinating, I should maybe have dealt with them (poisoned them) last week already. I still don’t know what to do though, and my mistake is hoping to first find “perfect and complete information” on how to deal with it, instead of just using the best method I currently have at my disposal? Maybe I should just ask the people that do this for a living (pest control) what they would recommend…

Oh, and today was the first time I heard someone suggest I might have ADD. What an interesting notion.

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  • 1 Hugo // May 29, 2007 at 9:54 am

    I was tired enough to fall asleep when I went to bed. At 3 I woke up again though, at which point I plugged the ear that wasn’t lying on the cushion. That worked, to get me asleep again. Cool!

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