There is so much happening out there these days. Well, I am sure lots always happened before too, but now it is more visible than ever. I am talking about RSS, blogs, google and the resultant huge influx of information to your inbox. Some (or most) of that stuff is useless junk, but there is quite a bit to keep up with out there. How do you guys deal with all that? Especially you GTD junkies?
I try to forget about checking everything that's not relevant for the work that I'm doing, with rare exceptions like these forums, Artima buzz news and Reddit.
Just this past week I decided to create a new email only to keep up with news from two mailing lists that I follow though I don't have much time to read the discussions. It helped to get the main email under control again.
Sometimes a little distraction is welcome, mainly when it's short and does not disturb the work. So, I never try to read all the discussions, even in these forums. I feel pity at the guys who need to read so much crap.
One of the best things that I did sometime ago was to end reading RSS feeds and a week later I ended my blog which was quite active with more than 300 posts I think in a few months. Why I did that? Probably because I was overloaded and I definitely was through a burnout.
Thus, I think that unless you can justify wasting so much time, you should maintain your news as "pull" as possible and avoid getting overloaded with "pushed" news like RSS.
My problem is that, I have lots of feeds that "potentially" might have something good to say. Most of the time nothing interesting comes out of them, but once in a blue moon, something useful will show up. Perhaps for those occasional blips on the radar, I should just start trusting delicious to catch them and stop wasting so much of my time reading irrelevant stuff...
reddit.com, works for me.
I liked technorati, but it was too flashy.
January 16th, 2006