The funny thing is...
Once again Kathy hit the proverbial nail on the head as far as keeping up. When I read this paragraph:
It's like watching a car accident despite our best intentions...
we just can't help look, so the more you can stay away from the publications
that document every personal detail of every music and film star the better.
Let that be your guilty pleasure for when you're at the dentist's office...
I had to laugh out loud. That is pretty much the only time I read People magazine – in the dentist’s office – because there is nothing else there to read!
- I subscribe to one magazine: Wired. I always read it. Once Delta offered the chance to exchange my miles for magazines and I did. I was getting maybe 7 or 8 magazines for a year. I read – one, Wired. The others – no time.
- I use a news aggregator (thunderbird, combines with email) to avoid polling. I cut out those that become too noisy (ittoolbox – soon, pcmagazine – very very soon if they don’t stop injecting ADS!!! Into their rss feed)
- I’ve gotten off of all internal email lists I can, I ended up deleting the emails anyway.
- I read some of the other magazines that accumulate in my house for something outside of my area of expertise when I have time.
- I read books way outside of my area of expertise. Nothing related to technology in most cases.
- I decline offers to read technical books and review them (knowing darn well I’d never actually around to it)
- I live by this part (extracted from her blog) “In any thing you need to learn, find a person who can tell you what is:”
In closing, as Kathy said:
In the meantime, take a deep breath and repeat after me, "I will never keep up. Keeping up is a myth." And if it makes you feel any better, add, "John isn't keeping up either."