An interesting paradox became apparent months ago at the office: As I got better organized and more focused on my projects, breaks between the action became increasingly messy and unsatisfying. While I’ve always liked to stay abreast of the latest news from RSS and Twitter, given the sheer volume of content available combined with little free time during the work day, it’s rare I ended up digesting anything of substance.
Yet, more recently, I had a revelation: Given the distractions and tribulations of the modern workplace, why bother with the rush? I now file everything away in a simple yet organized manner, going back to the content later in the day when I have time to process it at a more relaxed pace. It’s led to less stress in the office and I’m able to better enjoy the various articles, videos and other assorted content I find.
Below, the details on my workflow that I’ve broken down into two sections, gathering and processing.
As the day goes along, my web browser tabs grow in number from the aforementioned gathering steps. Once that number gets exceeding large or I’m otherwise in the mood, I’ll start cycling through the tabs, making a few decisions for each:
In the end I’m left with a pile of interesting longer form content in both my Instapaper and my Read It Later queues to read at my leisure.