Regular readers of No rules know I've been struggling with some health issues during the past few months. Nothing life-threatening, merely uncomfortable and inconvenient. (I had a migraine nearly every day for almost two months. Then when my resistance was down, I got hit hard with bronchitis--and that's still hanging on. The migraines are coming about once a week now, and they usually take my mind off the coughing and chest congestion and give me something fresh to complain about to my hunk o' burnin' love.)
Since I've been sick, I've pared down my internet activities. And because I often hear people complain about the internet (and e-mail, in particular) taking up too much of their time, I thought I would share five of my best timesaving tips:
Five things I don't do anymore
- I don't check the spam folders in my mailboxes. Ever. It's just not worth reading two hundred offensive subject lines every day just to make sure I haven't missed an important message. If G-mail or AOL thinks a message is spam, that's good enough for me.
- I don't feel that I have to answer e-mail messages the same day I receive them. Sometimes I peek to see what they're about, but if I don't have the time or the inclination to answer right away, I don't feel even a twinge of guilt.
- I don't read every message that comes through the dozen or so e-mail loops and message boards I participate in. Quite often I'll glance at the subject line or even the sender's address and just delete the message unread. (Bonus tip: If you want people to read your stuff, put something meaningful in your subject lines, avoid inane chatter, and refrain from endless "ranting.")
- I don't try to catch up on my blog-reading. If my Bloglines box gets too full, I do a mass delete. (I'm currently subscribed to 66 RSS feeds). Do I worry about missing something good? No. The blogisphere renews itself every day, and there will always be far more juicy posts out there than I have time to discover.
- I don't blog about everything that's on my mind. When I link to an article and blog about it, don't expect an exhaustive post on every point I agree or disagree with. Most of the time I'll just blog about the first thing that hit me when I scanned the piece. (And if the piece is a long one, it's entirely likely that I didn't even read the whole thing.)
Hope this helps somebody.
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