News or Noise

IF you are like most hard working professionals, then you probably make a habit of reading the news each day.

The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Sydney Morning Herald.

The Wall Street Journal, the FT or The Economist.

There are many titles to choose from.

You scan the headlines for an interesting story and then dive in, happy to have something to read on the way to work, glad to be able to discuss the latest sporting headlines with colleagues – with whom you may have nothing else in common.

The reality though is that most of the time the news is not news, it’s noise. Information for information’s sake, something to read, something to talk about. Another story to consume our attention.

Why do so many of us choose to spend our time in this way?

It’s possible that the alternative is just too uncomfortable – silence and time to think.

Time to read a book that changes our world view. Time to write an article that challenges someone’s thinking. Time to create something remarkable that solves a problem or delights an audience.

We each have a choice about how we spend our time.

Are you filling your time with noise, or making an effort to create a story all of your own?