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Aggregator vacation

This week I’m busier than usual, so I’m giving NetNewsWire a bit of a rest. Yesterday was my first day of completely skipping the aggregator, and I was amazed at the overall productivity spike. (I also skipped a few other things I normally do.) This tells me that when I come back, I’m going to have to change my aggregator habits, perhaps not leaving it running all day and instead checking it once in the morning and once at night, or using some other schedule to manage how much time I burn keeping up with everything.


  1. I have to admit that it was with great trepidation that I started NetNewsWire this morning. Being unemployeed it is harder than ever for me to maintain productivity. The aggregator is just one of the reasons, but one none the less. I’m thinking it is going to become an end of day ritual for me. It used to be the first thing I did in the morning – like the newspaper with my cup of coffee. The problem with the morning is I’ll read something that really piques my interest and I’ll spend the rest of the day thinking/searching/reading/writing about it.

  2. My current solution is to allow myself one hour when I first get to work, and whatever I want when I get home (knowing that I typically prefer to do other things at home). I’m going to have to cull my feeds — WAIL! — to get through in one hour, so I’m thinking of having a “weekend catchup” section that I only read through when I have extra time. Or something.

    Anyway, I’ll be interested to hear what you come up with. I think this is a pretty common problem.

  3. Just launched NetNewsWire by mistake. 1081 unread items. Still not reading them til I’m finished with everything I need to finish.

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