When an article resonates with me or contains information that I want to use, I’ll often print it and tuck it into a file folder. Every so often, I read the articles, copy out the sentence or three that were meaningful and recycle the paper. Not efficient or environmentally sound.
Do you have a file or a pile of articles you are determined to read? Do you make the time to read them? If you don’t plan time to go through these articles, how will you benefit from the information?
Look at your calendar and schedule time to review these articles. If this task isn’t important enough to schedule, then reevaluate holding onto them as a part of you has already decided that reading these pages are not worth your time.
You can do the same with articles and pdfs that you’ve saved on your computer or have bookmarked on your phone or computer.
Remember, limit yourself to fifteen minutes with this task. Perhaps flip through the pages or files and get rid of what no longer grabs your attention.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.