After being tasked to come up with a personal information consumption rule by the final Note to Self mini-episode in the Infomagical project, I’m basing my guideline off of the “Best Friend Question” in Dan and Chip Heath’s amazing book Decisive. The BFQ is basically a decision-making strategy that pushes you to gain some distance from your dilemma by asking the question
What would I tell my best friend to do in this situation?
Drawing upon this, I will make an attempt to consume information that would only be beneficial to a good friend with common values. Or thought of another way, would I recommend the information I’m considering consuming to someone similar me? Would it be a good use of her/his time? Would it enrich life? Would it be a meaningful contribution to her/his thoughts? Would it (dare I say it) spark joy for her/him?
The almost post-it-note-on-a-computer-screen-bezel version: Consume only media I’d recommend to my smart+creative besties.