I decided to try out Inbox for a week at work to see how I liked, but more importantly to see if it improved my productivity. Because, as with any tool, there’s no point in using it if it slows me down and does not help me accomplish my goals.
“It is what you read when you don’t have to
that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
I read a lot of articles online. Supposedly reading online makes retention a lot more difficult. I believe it.
When I’m reading online, I have a hundred distractions vying for my attention all at once. Tabs, ads, CTAs, email, you name it.
If I’m reading the good ol’ fashioned printed page, it’s in a comfy chair, unplugged from the world. Books don’t have ads or links (thank goodness) and I certainly don’t have multiple books open at once.
Recently I was fed up with not remembering what I read online. I figure, if I’m going to take 10-15 minutes away from work to read something, I better at least be able to use it later or recall it. Otherwise that time is blatantly wasted.
So, I want to share with you some tools and systems I use for retaining what I read online.