shaving off the time sinks
April 19, 2012 9:08 AM Subscribe
I am trying to find more time in my life, and am looking for tools and strategies to minimize the time I spend on the internet without totally disconnecting.
posted by Theta States to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I have gotten pretty good at time management, but I need it to be better.
Sleeping, waking up and work take up midnight to 6pm. The remaining 6 hours of my day are split between: making/eat/cleaningup dinner, house chores, gym (adding gym visits 2-3 times/week has made me much more productive, thanks old timemanagement askme questions!), time with my partner, working on events/projects I run, working on music. Those are all good things. And INTERNET.
At work I collect the links from metafilter (and RSS feeds, via google reader) that I think are interesting and I probably spend about 60-90 minutes/evening running through those saved URLs and going to other internet sites.
Optimally, I'd like to spend no more than 45 minutes on internet randomness while at home and am hoping find ways to skim through the new information more efficiently.
I don't want to entirely unplug since I do get a lot of really useful information, and enjoy staying on top of the latest weird things on youtube, memes and debates. (I don't need to be involved in any of those things in depth)
Some things I was thinking about:
Is there a youtube download tool I can just feed a list of youtube URLs and have it download them all for me automatically? (offline viewing makes for easier skimming, and less distractions via comments and sidebars)
Is there a tool/site I can feed a list of URLs and it would highlight those that have the highest level response on popular aggregation sites like mefi, reddit, etc?
Should I just build those things and/or have someone make them?
For most news and site updates I use Google Reader. I use a robot to scrape MP3s off music blog so I don't have to browse those. I try and compose responses to emails on my work breaks and send them when I get home. I moved all torrents to RSS subscriptions.
Any strategies and tools to more efficiently sift through the inernet would be appreciated. I want more automation and executive summaries.