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Bit Literacy by Mark Hurst and My Thoughts

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This is the sixth book in the series Learning Together and Leading Together where we are going through the Personal MBA plan curated by Josh Kaufman. Our goal is to get through 99 books. Do we read the whole book? Nope. We digest the summary of the book and I give my thoughts. Feel free to follow along and comment.

Josh has been kind enough to write a summary of this book and breaks down the book into 10 points. Here are the points:

  1. “Bit Literacy” means developing the skills necessary to use technology in a healthy, productive way.
  2. Bitstreams are increasing every day, but not every bitstream is relevant to your interests.
  3. Bits are heavy – they carry mental and emotional weight.
  4. If not consciously controlled, bits will overwhelm you.
  5. You must learn to “let the bits go”.
  6. No tool can manage your bits for you – you must take responsibility for changing how you manage them yourself.
  7. You can deal with bits in six different ways: act, delegate, defer, delete, archive, or ignore.
  8. The best way to start getting your bits under control is to empty your inbox.
  9. The media diet – choose your bitstreams wisely.
  10. Eliminate friction in input and processing to manage your bitstreams most effectively.

Main idea of the book: Information overload is real and can be stressful and overwhelming. Learning how to effectively deal with information will be the key to success moving forward.

My Thoughts: The promise of technology and the practice of technology are two totally different things. The promise of technology is that it gives us access to more information than anytime in history. The practice of technology though is that sifting through that information and making it useful is hard work. The promise of technology is that we can be connected to more people than any other time in history. The practice of technology still says I only have so many hours in a day and I have to choose who I connect with wisely.

This book is a great reminder that I don’t have to see every tweet, picture uploaded to Facebook, or ten second video on Instagram. It also pushes me to think more about 2 books that we have already covered in this series so far: Getting Things Done and The 80/20 Principle. Creating a strategy to focus on the 20% of things that return the most equity and having a system to get more accomplished is invaluable. If we don’t focus our time and effort then we will be overwhelmed and stressed.

What were your take aways from this book? Did you like it?

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