Saturday, March 3rd, 2007...8:35 pm
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Hi, my names Dan and I’m an information addict.
I don’t know about you but I’m starting to struggle to keep up with the masses of information floating around the web every day. My time management skills are terrible at the best of times but the time I spend catching up on whats happening on the web is starting to seriously encroach on the time I spend on development, writing, and just my free time in general. I’m getting between 4 to 6 hours sleep a night at best, which is bareable but is definetly having an effect on how productive I am during the day.
I could never relate to people who’d say ‘there isn’t enough time in the day‘. Until recently time was something I had an abundance of, but now I understand where they’re coming from, and man is it a frustrating position to be in.
To give you an idea of a usual days backlog of reading have a look at the image below.
Now you might think I just opened a bunch of windows for effect but I didn’t. That’s seriously the amount of information I trawl through everyday. It get’s worse though because each of those Firefox windows has on average about 5 tabs open on each. It’s a lot of reading to get through when there are other things I need to be doing.
The natural first step is to cut out the superfluous. I’ve already stopped visiting quite a few sites simply because I’ve forgotten to check them. They were the first casualties. Now let’s face it, there’s a lot of duplicate information out there. A story will break and then spread like a virus across hundreds, sometimes thousands of sites. The content will be the same, the delivery and spin will be a little different. As much as I like reading peoples opinions it often adds very little to core value of the story. So as much as I hate to do it I need to just pick one site that covers a topic and stick to it.
Personal blogs however will be more difficult to slim down on. While they have their fair share of duplicate content, the posts in between the relaying of news are often the most informative and genuinly useful content I’ve come across. So I don’t think I’ll be changing my habits there very much.
I’ll see how I go the next few days. I think I’m already starting to get withdrawals.