Here I am on Day 4 of my self-imposed news fast.
What I miss the most: Commenting on Facebook posts about news or news-related things.
What I don't miss at all: Morning TV. I have replaced that with music and podcasts from my iPod. Nice!
What I love the most: The limitation!
With "news" off the table, there are actually more things to explore. I have downloaded podcasts to my iPod that I am now listening to when I would have been listening to, watching or reading the news. I recommend Stuff You Missed in History Class. (The link is to some top podcasts, including that one.) OK, so I'm technically listening to old news! How about A Crash Course in Miracles? (Future news?)
Another limitation I have learned to truly enjoy is living gluten free. There are so many things in the grocery store I just don't have to look at now. I have enjoyed getting to know much better the international foods aisle and the health food aisles. I didn't miss anything delicious in last night's dinner of Spicy eggs diablo on polenta.
Imagine other possibilities for creative limitations:
- Calorie limitations: Dr. Oz promotes "extreme life extension" through a limited calorie life-style. He calls it a "diet"; I prefer to adopt a "life-style." Think of it as life extension rather than deprivation!
- The ability to say no: Seven Simple Ways to Say No (from Zen Habits blog)
- Edited to add: Haiku Productivity: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential (also from Zen Habits blog)