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One Solution For Battling Extremes: Combat the Forgetfulness or Content Overdose

A shortform turned 450-word preaching 😅

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It’s internet era.

What not to consume is becoming more important than what to.

What not to let take our mind space is becoming more important than what to.

Content over-consumption isn’t a new problem for us.

And luckily there’s a solution for that.

Most of us know that. But because we almost all the time choose our comfort over effort, we don’t pay it any heed most of the times.

How to combat forgetfulness or content overdose?

There’s a simple straightforward solution to this: Effort over comfort.

The more useful you think something is online (blog, video, whatever), the more you should take effort in its concern.

For instance, in blog’s case:

  • You can bookmark—that’s the easiest.
  • You can copy its link and send it to yourself or schedule send to yourself (via email) so you can revisit it—a bit more effort than the former.
  • You can take notes, post summary of that content (for example on Twitter or write an article about that on Medium)—requires more effort than all of the above.

You got the point, right? You can take somewhat same approach for everything you consume online.

The more important you think something is, the more effort you should take. This makes our brain retain that information for a longer duration of time.

By regularly taking efforts to bookmark your important stuffs online (kinda) you are signalling your brain that whenever you don’t do this, information is somewhat not that important.

Thus, your brain will not retain everything you consume online.

In this way, you can combat both forgetfulness and content overdose.

Context of the above preaching 😅😌

I initially thought to publish it as a shortform (150 words or less) but after reading the above I was like, “Hell! Why am I sounding so mundane and as if I’m preaching?”

So, no shortform. But I’ll keep it short.

The idea of above article suddenly came to mind—in a form that was a bit different from the one above—when I was taking a course titled Generating Content Ideas.

In that they were teaching about “The 4-step Ideation Process” and one of them was Digesting the Raw Material. They were talking about taking notes and making relationships and drawing interesting connections with the raw data.

And I thought, “Well, can’t we use it to tackle the content over-consumption problem or for that matter, forgetfulness?” And the above article is the same-thought-turned-an-article with some modifications and revisions.

Hope you found it useful. And until next time, bye! 👋☺️🧡❤️✨

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