Incoming: RSS, Twitter, Chat, etc
Online information comes from various sources. I subscribe to hundreds of feeds in NewsBlur. I follow a bunch of people on various social media platforms. Friends send me links via email or IM or Slack or other private messages.
If the item is short and I have a moment, I read it then… it’s like a reading adaptation of the 2-minute “Process it now” mantra from Getting Things Done. I read pretty quickly, so I can read many (most) things I come across on the spot.
Once I’ve read something:
- If it was rather unremarkable it’ll simply get archived in Instapaper.
- If I found it interesting, I’ll save it to Pinboard for reference.
- I might also choose to share it out to Twitter.
- If it leads to a followup task, it gets sent to OmniFocus.
By deferring any sort of longish reading to Instapaper, I can rapidly move through incoming streams, then shift into reading mode later.
This is how I read. It probably isn’t how you read. If you read in some other way and it works for you, that’s fantastic. I’m okay with that. ↩