Posted: 04 Jan 2013 07:30 AM PST
Post written by Leo Babauta.
The Internet is overwhelming for many people — it never ends, and our connection to it is consuming more and more of our time.
When things get overwhelming, my advice is always the same: simplify.
But how do you simplify such a complicated beast as the Internet? It's impossible! Actually, no, it's doable, but it takes a willingness to let go.
Without letting go, there is no simplicity.
Let's take a look at some ways to simplify the Internet.
How you simplify depends a lot on what you do on a regular basis, and that's different for everyone. Some common things that many people do regularly:
Whew! That's just the tip of the iceberg too. I haven't touched weird stuff, nerdy stuff, academic stuff, or porn.
Let's see if we can simplify.
Let's start by saying that no, we don't need to be connected on social networks as much as many people think they need to be. I have nothing against social networks, but I do think we let ourselves become addicted to them. And that's not healthy.
So here are some ways to simplify (you don't have to do all of them):
There are a handful of sources of news and interesting reads that I open on a regular basis. Here's how I've simplified reading:
Email becomes a constant distraction for many, a neverending stream of things to do and reply to. Let's simplify.
All the Rest
The above steps will simplify a lot of what most people do, but what about the rest? There are a few key principles to help simplify:
There are surely other parts of your Internet life that I haven't simplified here, but I think the general principles can work for most people. Let go, reduce, focus and act.
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