Tipsheet: Information Vacation

Information Vacation

Each day, we are bombarded with information in advertising, news
reports, emails, websites, TV, magazines, and social media. We take this in,
process it, and then figure out what it means. Some of it we act on, creating
more information for others, and some of it we file away for future
"reference". Without question, we consume more information than food,
and we do more processing than digestion.

In the past, when we went on vacation we spent time on the
beach, toured, or spent time with family. Today, we may do this, but we also
watch CNN, check our email, voicemail, and catch up on our magazines. We update
our Facebook pages, check LinkedIn, and update our blogs. Our vacations are not
vacations from information: we barely have enough time to recharge, let alone
enjoy the local sites.

Next time you take a break, consider taking a real break – the
world will still function when you are not checking up on it:

  • Stop reading the newspaper.
  • Stop watching television.
  • Don’t turn on the radio.
  • Don’t read your magazine subscriptions.
  • Quit checking Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, YouTube, and other
    Social Media sites.
  • Don’t "surf".
  • Put away your BlackBerry or iPhone.
  • Don’t even think of checking your email.

If you need to, you can always schedule an hour to catch up,
after you get back.

This week’s action plan: Recharge by
experiencing the different. When you go on vacation, make it an "infocation"
as well. Then, when you return, put fences around your time, keeping your
information consumption within specific scheduled boundaries.

Bonus action idea: Many people used to take a
vacation each and every week (remember "the day of rest"?) This same
concept – an Infocation – can be used here as well. What’s old is new again.

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Randall Craig

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Randall Craig has founded several successful start-ups, held a long-time position at a “big-four” consulting firm, and was an executive at an American public company. He currently serves as the 108 ideaspace CEO and chief strategist. Randall has been advising on digital strategy since 1994: he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail’s GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, and about 100+ other major organizations.

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