They say information is power. Surely it is. But the consumer of that information may be generally powerless if the information is too much to handle.
Emails and feed items are like an never ending treadmill that just keep going on and on and on, no matter what time of the day it is. As of now, I have around 347 unread feed items in my Google Reader and about 116 unread emails in my Inbox. Some of the emails have stayed unread since March 2006. Total number of emails in my inbox – 3647 (some of them flagged to be dealt with later).
I get about 150 new emails everyday. Yes, that’s right – 150 new emails and that’s not counting the spam. This is all legit email that needs my attention. At least that’s what I assume. Reports, site activity, mails from colleagues, blog comments, mailing list posts etc etc.
I get about 30+ new posts in my Reader from the 25+ blogs I that subscribe to. Slashdot seems to generate the bulk of posts everyday.
During weekdays (including Saturday), I don’t have time to read all the posts or emails. So they just keep accumulating. I try to use my commute time “productively” by try to read as many unread items, but I am still not able to keep up with the volume.
Tomorrow is Sunday. I plan to become wiser and get a leg up on everyone else on the planet by reading all those unread items, which I presume are full of wisdom and advice. Here is the slight problem. I don’t think so it is possible, given the time I have. So I can two approaches. Either I try my best and read up as much as possible, or I nuke everything and start afresh. Taking a cue from Nike – Just Screw it. Swoosh.
I like the second option better. It is always better to purge all garbage once in a while. Similar to the massive summer cleaning you do once a year. I guess meditation is also a way to purge the mental kachra. Call it serendipity, but the DELETE key is one of the biggest keys on my Logitech keyboard. I am going to exercise my ultimate power tomorrow. Yay!