Ditching the Excess Baggage
No, it’s not about weight. And it’s not about chocolate either.
It’s not about books even though I could fill a baggage container with those.
It’s about information.
You see, I love information. I’m fascinated by it all – the newly born (scientific research, medical advances…), the inner (philosophy, creativity…), the outer (nature, space…) and the old (ancient history, past lives…).
The ironic thing is I’m no use at all on a Trivia Night table. Few of these facts are stored in my head. I keep them in digital form. Too many Pinterest Boards, too many Twitter lists, too many email folders, too many Facebook Interest Groups, too many Feedly blog feeds to follow and far too many Evernote notebooks.
It’s got to stop. So 2015 among other things, will be the year I lose the excess information baggage and blog about how I get it done. I’ve promised to ask myself – Do I really need to remember that? Is it useful to me? Am I ever going to write a story about it? Or a blog post? And if not, it’s gone. I’ll close my eyes and pretend I never saw it and won’t be tempted to store it away “just in case”.
I guess there’s one positive in all this information clutter. After I’m gone, cleaning up the things I’ve left behind will be easy for my kids. They’ll just have to hit the delete key.
And do something about the baggage containers of books. There’ll be a lot more books by then.