GTD Recipes: Read Later
As the first post of this series, I will explain how I manage, a la GTD, the articles and news I want to read, without interrupting my work.
Most of them come to me mainly by Feedly, where I have my favorite blogs about productivity, programming, design, technology and business, or by my Twitter timeline—my favorite social network—, where I usually find very interesting stuff.
I browse both sources of information in some of the rest periods of my work, usually short breaks of about 5 minutes between pomodoro and pomodoro, where I only skim through them.
If I find something I want to read thoroughly, I send it to my GTD Inbox, that is, I collect it but not read. In my case—my GTD tool is FacileThings—, I just have to mark a tweet as favorite or send a feed to my inbox by email.
When it comes time to process these actions, I keep them in the Someday/Maybe list, with the tag
#read typed in them.
Thus, at times when I am relaxed and I feel like reading, or when I am stuck in a waiting time, I open the Someday/Maybe list, filter by the
#read tag and I pick my readings. Of course, this part is more efficient and pleasant if you have a tablet, just for the sake of mobility.
TIP #1: If you read things of different nature and, depending on the moment, you would prefer more a topic than another, you should set another tag, in addition to
#read, indicating the nature of the reading:
#economy, etc… So you can filter what you most want.
TIP #2: For watching videos I use the same system, but with the tag
#watch. In this case, moreover, it is advisable to indicate the duration of the video so you can select a video that fits into your available time.