I’m learning how to read all over again.
Yes, that sounds ridiculous, but we online junkies need to rethink how to read online content.
How did I reach this conclusion? This morning I realized (and I wish I had realized this a looooonnngg time ago), I overuse the “subscribe” button and still miss out on a lot of great content.
How? Because when a subscription or discussion notification appears in my inbox, I’m usually in business mode with no time to read. Eventually, there are far too many notifications, and I painfully, with fully Polish Catholic-raised guilt, delete them, unread. God, that hurts everytime I do it!
A New Tool to Help?
So, I tried moving my subscriptions to unroll.me. Which is a really great app, mind you. An absolutely phenomemal app that culls all your subscriptions and asks you if you want them all to go into a neat and tidy daily “roll-up” email.
It does help since it reveals all your subscriptions above the fold (take note of how important above the fold is!) all in one email.
BUT – isn’t there always a but? –
I am still not reading the great material I want to read. I tried changing my blog and discussion notification options to a weekly digest, but then I became overwhelmed and still deleted them instead of reading them.
What is wrong with me? I know I have time to read somewhere in my days! In fact, I crave it! Even in a waiting line, I hope for an excuse to read, but I open my inbox and the business side of me kicks in as priority. Every blog writer and discussion master I follow is unjustly disrespected with my lack of real time enthusiasm and interest.
Bottom line? I was doing it wrong.
And I realized all this with one change. Today, Sunday morning, instead of my SmartPhone automode of opening my email first, I instead opened my wordpress app with my phone app and there, in all its glory, was a stream of all the bloggers I follow.
I gave full attention to the words. It was lovely.
There was nothing extraneous on my screen to distract me. No notifications popping up, no inbox with guilt inducing little numbers superscripted on my folder list, no extra tabs open for peripheral distraction, … just pure content.
I truly felt ridiculous, an avid reader such as me, admittedly in a poor reader mode for so long.
I had ignored why I subscribe to all these wonderful avenues of content. Because I ALWAYS learn something from them. It doesn’t matter if it’s about leadership or poetry. I am a psychology grad, and I always hunger for others’ perspectives. I thrill in how frequently a totally obtuse comment can trigger fresh perspective on my life and my business. Look at all I was missing. What a schmuck!
No more. I have committed to using my blog and social apps to ensure I focus full attention on what others have worked so hard to convey in their posts. I am turning off my email notifications and turning on my apps!
Whew! Glad I figured that one out!
Now, what app can help me end my OCD revisions of my book and get it published?