Cutting down on the information overload


I just hotsynced my old Palm with the files I have in my laptop. Ever since my mom gave me her old Palm, I've been using it to read articles I collect from online newsletters and, more recently, professional blogs. I have no other use for it, considering that I don't have much of a life to organize, but that singular purpose is enough for me to keep me using the Palm m130.

Under the category Self, I put articles on leadership, intention and manifestation, and any articles that would presumably make me a better person. Under Fiction, I put, well, fiction I've come across online. The oldest, I think, is the children's book Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. The second oldest is Guts by Chuck Palahniuk. The newest is, I believe, the collection Anais Nin's Little Birds.

A couple of months ago, I discovered Bloglines, a free service that allows me to subscribe to the RSS and Atom feeds of websites and blogs, and I've transferred almost all my online reading there. It has saved me time (I only have to go to Bloglines to get my blog fix, and to think I follow close to thirty personal blogs, on top of all the professional ones I read). I like Bloglines because when I don't want to invest time in copying and pasting articles to hotsync them right away to my Palm, I can clip the articles for storage. Helps one to be productive, true?

Unfortunately, I last did that two months ago, and I just caught up now. And I'm now overloaded with all the reading I have to do--and the feeds just keep updating! I hadn't realized people do update their blogs, professional or otherwise, on a daily basis.

It's time for me to trim down my online readings--because I don't really get to read much of them as regularly as I want to anyway. It's difficult, especially for little obsessive-compulsive me, but I've decided to just click on every feed, scan them, and decide what to do with them on the spot: transfer them, or forget about them. No more, "I'll save this for later."

I've also deleted some of the feed subscriptions, especially the ones that don't really contribute to my, er, intellectual development. I've even unsubscribed my Daily Dilbert!

But *sheepish grin* I can't seem to get rid of any personal blogs, even those of people I'm no longer even really interested in--people who don't even know I'm reading their blogs!

Someday soon.