Productive Redundancy

This is just a quick post about never missing out without feeling overwhelmed. A lot of people ask me how I find out about the tools that I use and recommend. It's because I process over 1000 blog items every single day. I didn't say I read them all but I "process" them. That means I go through a lot of information very quickly and pick out the ones that I find interesting, important, or worthy of sharing without having to go in and read every word. A lot of people worry that they are going to miss out on an important email, or one day coupon for their favorite coffee shop, or the days most important news. To ease that concern I use a concept I call "Productive Redundancy."

This is going to sound very counterintuitive but then again most of my methods of productivity are. One of the ways to allow you're self to skim information without giving it any time or depth is to have similar info come up more than once. So for example, I need to be in the know when it comes to new technology developments, especially as they relate productivity and wellness. Three of the most informative blogs in my daily information search are Mashable, Lifehacker, and Techcrunch. The good thing about these three sites is that they cover a wide range of topics but the bad is that between the three of them you might see over 200 new posts per day. Fortunately, there is some overlap and when skimming through articles if you see the same company or product come up twice in one day, it's probably worth a closer look. If I see it on all three than I know it's not only important but is probably important to my readers. This also works for email, I get daily news summaries from Newser, Huffington Post, Worldcrunch, The Daily Beast and five or six others. I don't have a chance of reading each in their entirety, but by skimming through the group as a whole, I get a very good picture of the news that I need to know.

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