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Selective Ignorance: A Blessing in a World of Chaos

Ignoring Your Way To Success

The more selective ignorance you cultivate in your life the more time you’ll have to the things that matter:

  • Get your news from only a few respectable sources and only check them at specific times at the end of the day.
  • Treat checking emails as a to-do. Schedule two specific times to process email: late morning and late evening.
  • Turn your device into a minimalist phone. Turn off notifications and sounds and delete unnecessary apps.

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