Make Any Tech Resolutions?
If New Year's Day is a time to mash down the "reset" button on all our bad habits, why not use this time to get a grip on your technological life.
You might tell yourself that you'll finally figure out how to edit your camcorder's footage on your computer, update the personal Web page that's been collecting digital dust since 2002, or learn a new operating system.
In my case, I want to do less. Less on the Web, that is: I've been losing too many hours to Web reading that ultimately fails to be terribly productive, educational or entertaining. It's so, so easy to waste away 15 minutes reading through page after page of some new blog or online forum. But after the initial "ah, this is interesting!" rush, the experience often leaves me with the same empty feeling I get after binging on the bag of M&Ms a colleague left at the counter we call "the trough."
And all this comes at the cost of things I could be doing offline to give my brain something else to process for a change. I was reminded of this over Christmas week, when I spent most of an afternoon reading a book on a couch -- a wonderful spell of mono-tasking.
So I'm going to try to clean out some of the clutter -- prune my RSS feeds, delete some Web bookmarks and make more use of one of the underrated commands of an e-mail or RSS program, the "Mark as Read" command that removes new material from your reading list.
(Some of these ideas came from reading a few insightful postings on Lifehacker and 43 Folders, which are sites that I, have to admit, sometimes contribute to distracting me from worthier offline pursuits.)
At the risk of becoming that kind of distraction, let me ask: What kind of resolutions have you made about your technological life? Share in the comments...
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