As a web developer, I often find myself overwhelmed by the constant stream of information that I need to be aware of. There’s always another article to read, tutorial to work through, or talk to watch. How do we fit it all in?
you can’t read everything
The constant learning is one of the reasons I love working on the web, but there are only 24 hours in a day, so you need to accept that you’re not going to be able to read/watch everything.
I used to rely heavily on RSS for my information, however the more feeds I subscribed to, the more overwhelming it became, and I just couldn’t keep up.
cutting through the noise
These days I rely almost soley on Twitter. If I see an article tweeted enough times, the chances are that it’s worth reading. If so, I’ll add it to my Pocket list, and read it when I’m travelling to and from work on the train.
That’s how I deal with articles, but what about talks? I’m always adding talks to my Watch Later lists on YouTube and Vimeo, and I used to find it hard to find the time to watch them. As I spend 30 minutes on an exercise bike every day, I use that time to catch up on the talks I want to watch.
it’s ok to let some things go
Whilst the urge to consume all of this information is strong, one thing I’ve learned is that it’s impossible to keep up-to-date with everything. If my reading list gets too long, I take a few minutes to review it and remove the things I’m unlikely to get around to. The chances are, if it’s been on there a long time, you’ll never read it anyway.
how do you do it?
How do you keep up with all the noise going on in the industry?