Week 3 of our little experiment.
Feeling more guilty now then ever when I read anything on one of the four not-for-input days.
Still, feeling a lot more synchronicity between my being increasingly interested in everything and running a small company.
There is still one main question that remains unanswered: will we manage to stick to the rigidity of four output days and one input day? Especially when the work load rises. The questions that I ask myself are: Will I really be able to explain to my clients that this is how we work and that they need to wait? Is it actually fair to expect that from clients? What if I actually would prefer working on a project instead going into an input day? Even with a testing phase, it will be hard to find a definitive answer to that. All of this is part of the experiment.
That brings me to my current iteration of how I save, consume and process my information.
There are an incredible number of read-later services out there. I’ve been testing many. My latest favourite is Pocket. Not because of its design – I prefer Quote.fm and Readability in that regard – but because it also can save videos and provides the best multi-platform solution right now.
On my output days, I try to send as much of the stuff that sounds interesting directly into Pocket without even opening it up in the browser. That minimises distraction. On my input day, I start with the few newsletters that I actually read. These days, it’s mostly the one from Quartz and the New York Times. After that, I switch to Pocket and the saved items. Being interested in many things is in itself a good personal trait, but not necessarily one that always helps the business goals. That’s why we attempt to make the most out of the things that we read and not only on a cognitive level for us personally. Let me show you how the process looks right now.
- Saving article into Pocket
- Opening it up in a browser
- Enabling Evernote’s Clearly to mark important passages and automatically sync them into my Evernote account
- If the article is in some way relevant to what we do, save it – with an appropriate description and tagging mechanism – into Pinboard so that it can be easily integrated into our “What we read this week” blog post and newsletter
- In most cases, when I do that, I’m also inclined to post it to Twitter and Facebook. For that, I use Buffer to get the most out of my posts
- Post an interesting passage to Quote.fm
That’s a lot of breadcrumbing right there. Recently, and looking mainly from a business perspective, I found myself asking whether I’m investing my time sensibly. It is incredibly hard to measure a direct business impact for all of that. It’s actually impossible. My experience and instincts tell me that I should continue and try to automate wherever possible.
I’d love to hear thoughts from other people on this topic.