In the age of information overload it’s often a struggle to decide what you spend your time on. There’s so much good content out there, you could spend a lifetime trying to consume it all.
I’d find myself frantically bookmarking things ‘for later’, having numerous tabs open and all that. But we all know, all those tabs are a form of hoarding and eventually, you’ll close them. Not now usually means, not ever.
But! There may be some really good content in there, which is just right for you. So how do you decide what to spend your time on, what is worth your precious attention? It’s simple: you postpone that decision. Sometimes something seems super relevant right now, but it may not be relevant in the near future.
And wouldn’t you rather spend your time consuming information that won’t satisfy your urge to consume information right now, but that’ll really contribute to some of your long term goals?
Then, just let it sit. Not in many tabs in your browser, but create a dedicated place for it, one that is out of sight. Why? Cause it’ll stop calling for your attention. And this simple act reduces it to what it is, information, and not something urgent.
And make that queue as fancy as you’d wish, I use a simple Notion Database, where I list the title, a link to the source, estimated time investment and a column where I fill out what value it may provide to me.
By going over the list now and then, you’ll see that the large majority of it actually isn’t worth spending time on, and you happily purge these from the list, good riddance!
It’ll feel extra special once you actually pick something from the queue, knowing that you’ve saved it for later, prioritised it and now are deliberately spending time on it. Not because of click bait titles and flashy colours jumped at you but because you decided to.
Time is your best filter!