9999+ saved for later
How many bookmarks are stored in your browser?
How many films and series have you watched in the last few years?
How many videos on youtube have you opened in the last week?
How many news have you read in the last couple of days (inclusive of those sent to you in social networks and spam chats)?
I think that for most of us, the answers to some of these questions are measured in tens, hundreds or even thousands. Personally, I have the worst deal with RSS aggregators. It’s much easier to just click the star and think that the article is already half read than actually read it, much less read and understand something.
From time to time I go to trainings. Not only technical, but also for the development of other qualities. 9 out of 10 such trainings / seminars / lectures - this is something that I will never come in handy, and I can safely throw it out of my head forever. But for the sake of one remaining, I am ready to continue to go to events, 90% of which I do not need. At my last training, I found out about myself an interesting thing, which I went to for quite some time. Probably, most of us have heard that modern society is a consumer society and the consumption process itself is untwisted in everything and everything. Countries, corporations,
Feedly, evernote, bookmark plugin - everyone collects his own junk in his own way. Many of us have a tool for accumulating what is not the fact that we will ever return at all. And what is the real reason why we save articles for later? It would seem - it’s wonderful that a person wants to learn something new, to supplement his knowledge. But how often do we return to the "saved" and re-read? Personally, I have long noticed that I add more to it, leaving it for later than I remove from there.
What to do with it
Some time ago, I had several weeks of free time, and I decided to spend it on sorting out everything that I persistently “kept for later” for years. I got the following processing algorithm:
- The first stage - to calculate, it turned out more than 6 thousand diverse articles.
- The second is to remove the excess. It took me several days to do this, and I deleted more than a thousand entries. The main reason for the removal was that I was no longer interested in it or it was no longer relevant.
- The third item is classification. The only thing I came up with in order to be able to remove from the "marked" and not lose anything is to break everything into types, add tags.
- Fourth, try not to add to “save for later” and delete (re-read) from what is already with the tag. Then my algorithm broke down.
And I realized how much I got hooked on collecting information.
At school, reading Hobsek (Balzac’s works on money-lender and stinginess), I could not understand how to collect or collect anything at all. What's the point of this? It seemed completely stupid. And now, having looked at my thousands of headlines on the site-aggregator, I again reach out to click on “save for later”. And so far I’m not sure how to deal with it correctly. And existing solutions are mainly aimed at only adding more, not deleting.
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And how do you struggle to process information, rather than collect it?
- 11.8% I save nothing later 34
- 37.7% I systematically return to what I saved for later 108
- 6.6% my bookmarking application allows me not to worry about this 19
- 30.7% I collect articles and see nothing wrong with that 88
- 41.6% I collect articles and want to reread them 119
- 11.1% I stopped using bookmarks 32