I would have to admit to being a multitasking gadget user but although I manage to have numerous projects running side by side, i occasionally feel like shouting STOP! Then turn everything off and make a basic list of what really needs to be done now and what can wait a day or two.
I use my mac for my work and a thousand apps guide me through the day of information overload like a speedboat through info-burg littered seas.
I have stopped watching TV news or buying the paper as I figure a feed reader can give me all the feeds I need and more. And why not? Surely this saves me the walk to the shop and the money to boot.
The down side is that I feel I am being force fed as for some OCD-like reason I think I actually have to skim read every new article indicated by a little red number icon in my dock.
I must admit though, i probably read more headlines and less content as i skim read through far too many subscribed feeds.
I am a hoarder by nature so things like feed readers soon get overloaded and a day without looking at them means next time a good hour or so is needed as i religiously scan through every new feed.
I have been a little remorseless in my info trimming recently with about 10 twitter contacts chopped from my follow list and 30 or so feeds deleted. Do i really need five different Apple gossip feeds? I could probbly trim a few more off come to think of it.
Pruning links, contacts and feeds can feel quite liberating, providing you can get over the initial uncertainty of “Will i miss something if I don’t read the next blog post?”
Meeting with a couple of Freegans recently has really made me harder on all my time wasting distractions. They helped me remember a few finer philosophical points and enabled me to ask myself.. “Does it really matter?.. In the grand scheme of things?” Most of the time not..
Then there is a good friend who’s philosophy is very un-freegan but also helpful as he always prioritises his actions in the order of those that will earn him money. Needless to say, he doesn’t eat much.
Right now I should be editing a podcast and I had decided to do that over finish up on filing some photos from Glastonbuy that have cluttered my desktop since 2004!
Yup.. I really think i put the PRO in procrastination. But I am getting better… I think.