I love taking longform articles and newsletters over to Instapaper for some calm, distraction-free reading. But my backlog of articles was gnawing at me. Would I ever read everything in there? Probably not. I occasionally tried the “read a random article” in a vain attempt to slice through some ancient article artifact from 2019 but it was like bailing a boat with a teacup – a flood of pushes from my browser would offset any work I could skim away.
I have three solutions to this problem:
- Be more mindful about what I save – will I actually read this?
- Be more ruthless about not reading something if it doesn’t pique my interest in the first few paragraphs.
- Wipe out the backlog! There’s a helpful “Archive All” option. Since invoking that I feel so much better.