Today there is no shortage of content to read. Even though I read at least two hours every day I feel like I can’t keep up with my reading interests. Two hours is barely enough time to read my RSS feeds let alone any content I push off into Instapaper.
Reading list (traditional books/ebooks):
- The Elements of Content Strategy by Erin Kissane
- Program or Be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff
- Beautiful Architecture by Diomidis Spinellis
- Growing Software by Louis Testa
- Keeping it Straight by Patrick Rhone
- Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
- Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
- Programming Ruby 1.9 (3rd edition): The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide by Dave Thomas, with Chad Fowler and Andy Hunt
- Metaprogramming Ruby: Program Like the Ruby Pros by Paolo Perrotta
And don’t get me started on my time dilemma with podcasts!
I know that the root cause to my time problem is focus. I have so many interests that it is far too easy to get bogged down, so I am going to try the following techniques in an attempt to carve out more time to read from my queue:
- Go from reading 70 RSS feeds daily to just 4
- Only look at my Instapaper queue once a week and timebox: 1 hour
- Only sit down to watch any type of TV/movies twice a week: 4 hours max per week
- Don’t purchase any more reading material; only add to my wishlist
I will try this new strategy for a month and see if I can make a dent in my reading queue. That will include a 10-day vacation so if I can’t make any headway than maybe I have much deeper issues I need to address!