A lot of people talk about email inbox distress, “inbox zero” and other related phenomena. Yes, too much email blows, and there’s no end in sight. You can filter conversations and contacts via Facebook, Twitter, IM, Gist and the like, but business people still rely heavily on email to track projects and keep in touch.
But.. I’ve got another problem that I’m sure you’re familiar with.
I call it Tabbed Browsing Hell for lack of a better name. This is the scenario where you’re so engrossed in research or just plain media consumption that you open tons of tabs. Eventually, you become burdened by them. They have psychic energy that can drain and distract you.
So what’s a boy (or girl) to do?
I found a nifty way to clear things up (at least for a while). It’s akin to stuffing papers into file folders in order to get a clean desk.
But it’s pretty slick to boot.
First, check out this nifty little service: Read Later
Read Later allows you to click a bookmark/script and save articles for later on your Instapaper.com account.
But wait, there’s more! (not steak knives or a slotted spoon)
When you want to back and read the articles you’ve gathered in Read Later, you can use another bookmark/script to force them into a clean, standardized format for consumption (you choose the font size and format). It’s called Readability. The buttons on the side allow you to easily and quickly get back to the original article (for Tweeting, sharing or Facebooking purposes, for example).
I think it’s pretty cool. And it helps me “get clear” and get back to work.
Have you tried it? What do you think? Please share your thoughts below.
P.S. The two solutions go great with RSS feed readers, too. Good way to filter articles and read later in a clean, consistent format.