Like I mentioned, I have way too many apps. Too many programs. Too many bookmarks. Too many ways to consume information.
I need to simplify. I need to sort through my apps, programs, bookmarks, etc. and pare it down to what’s really important. Sure, I like to keep up with sports, but do I really need to have 7 apps and a browser extension and weekly emails? It’s important to stay in touch but I probably could do without half a dozen platforms to send messages to my friends.
I’ve halfheartedly tried to simplify before, to mixed results. I joined feedly a while back so I could get the information I wanted delivered straight to me, but I overcommitted, got overwhelmed, and stopped reading. I tucked it away in an app folder to be forgotten.
A recent and more successful attempt has been my move to utilize Evernote more efficiently. I’ve got a ways to go, but I’ve definitely made progress in consolidating and organizing things that are important to me.
I think the best way to go about this will be a two stage process. First, I need to sort through everything and decide what stay and what goes. Then I can re-observe my media use and see what’s changed, or what more I could do.
Reviewing all the data I collected on myself has definitely motivated me to change something about my media consumption, so I’ll just have to wait and see if simplification is the key. (I didn’t mean to rhyme there, but you’re welcome.)