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How do you manage your reading list(s)?

faraazahmad profile image Syed Faraaz Ahmad ・1 min read

As programmers, we require lots of reading on a daily basis. Be it code, documentation or any article that interests us. However there isn't enough time to read all the interesting articles you come across, so you save them for later (in a reading list)

Over time, reading lists get larger and larger if not dealt with properly, I want to know how you manage this problem

  1. Do you use an app (ex. Pocket, Instapaper, etc.) to manage tour reading lists?
  2. Do you have your personal routines to deal with this problem? (ex. getting through maximum possible articles on weekends, deleting old articles, etc.)
  3. What would be your ideal app to help fix this problem for you?

I'm asking this because I've had this problem for a long time, and I really want to do something to fix it. Thanks

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A long time ago I realized I am not going to be able to read all I want to read and do all I want to do, and when I accepted it it was very liberating (FOMO).

In my eyes, this is just a new type of hoarding, digital hoarding, and you can see it (maybe you even do it!) in people with hundreds of browser tabs, thousands of unread emails in their inbox, or hundreds or thousands of unread articles.

My online reading is as this: I only follow a handful of websites I enjoy reading and even those I do not read every single article they publish. I use an RSS reader for this (which by the way is configured to only show me the titles, no images, no excerpts) and every day whenever I have some 5 or 10 free minutes (🚽) I open the reader app, skim the titles and if something catches my attention I read it. Once I got to the bottom of the list, I mark everything as read and the reader will eventually clean everything (I only keep read articles in my device for 1 week).

I am also subscribed to a few newsletters which are configured in my email to be delivered to a specific folder so they do not clutter my inbox. This folder is also configured to delete everything older than 2 weeks, wether it is read or not. That way, I do not keep adding things to my reading list and only if I have some time over the weekend I will go read them.

As for Reading List, I use Safari's Read List feature, but most of the time if I do not read something "Interesting" when I see it, I know I won't read it later, so I delete everything on my Safari Reading list from time to time.

 

After long search&try I landed on Bookmark Ninja. It costs $1/month but it's worth it. Categories, tags, tabs... everything for organizing your bookmarks and reading lists. Worth every cent.
A Chrome extension lets you to instantly kick your bookmark where you want in the bookmark manager.

 

I use gettingthingsdone.com/what-is-gtd/ for my productivity that is how I avoid procrastination and clear those bookmarks.

My current workflow is the following.

Apple Notes/Simplenote: Note taking (still deciding on which app to use)
Tick Tick: To do list (using Kanban for managing tasks)
Notion: Overall Productivity and project management

So my reading list is basically just notes in Apple Notes/Simplenote. Then if its something that can be worked on then I add it to Tick Tick otherwise I just delete it. And as for Notion if it's a major project like something to do with programming. Then I first add it as a to do in Tick Tick and then I have a project setup in Notion for working on it.

I used to use Pocket and Notion Web Clipper but I am trying to limit the apps I use for read later and bookmarks.