In the past four months I’ve encountered an issue that I cannot seem to solve. I stumble upon short to medium-lenghth articles that I want or need to write, but I do not have the time or the energy to do it right then and there.
I could send them into Instapaper, but I’ve made a habit of reading the stuff in Instapaper in the order I bookmark them so, judging by the how many times I actually open Instapaper, I may read that article in 2-3 years.
I have started using Pocket for work-related stuff so I just send stuff in ther. However, that got filled up pretty quick with long articles I was never going to read because new ones come up all the time.
My last solution was to open the stuff I wanted to read faster in Chrome and just leave the tabs open. Guess what? I got to 15 tabs and my browser was too heavy for my computer to run properly. That’s because I have 2-3 pinned tabs, those 15 must-read tabs and the stuff I currently work on. That was getting up to 25 tabs pretty quick so I sterted added the tabs into a Temp folder in my Bookmarks manager.
Yes, as you might guess this is not a solution because that folder gets filled up pretty quick and I end up having just a third Pocket-like bookmarks queue that I may never go though.
A partial solution comes in the form of an article on Practically Efficient.
“Killing Read Later also means I killed the shittiest of shitty side effects of a Read Later workflow—unread counts. I permanently deleted an entire inbox. I stopped spamming myself.
Today my rule for reading internet text is essentially this: read now or not at all.”
Would you agree with this approach? I might as well because I cannot see a way out…