Reading by selection

Reading Happiness

Before going to work, what is your choice of reading? Newspaper, blogs, facebook, twitter,… or nothing at all?

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In our fast-paced society, the things that most people do at the very beginning of a day is consuming news. You can read local news from online new papers, industry news from famous leading-websites, information about your friends & relatives on Facebook, Myspace… But all those information are simply too huge for a single person to read: Digg calculate that everyday the world produce a year-reading for the fastest-reader. What will you read?

It’s worth noticing that not all the information is useful, truthful or even noticeable at all. So what is a good tactics to get the most out of things we read? In my opinion, the first tip is selective reading.

My list of choices for a simple morning:

  1. Inspired story: It’s my first choice. Simple, because I’m all tired with the hard work yesterday, and need replenishing the mind. Those stories also reminds me about what I believe, the motives for that I take actions, the true goal of my life and what should be done now. Philosophically, you may say, but it’s useful to me.
  2. Blogs of choice: following several blogs might be a good idea – I see many good people do this. I believe that following stories of your favorite people would give a big push in motivation. If you are a tech-guy like me, you might also interested in TechCrunch, ArsTechnica or InfoQ, those great sources of innovations, startups, blah blah… StackOverflow/Mailing lists is also a decent selection for a programming careers
  3. Facebook/Twitter: a quick glance for friends, family and so on… Twitter can also be the tools to follow the newest trends in your industry/hobbies, given that you follow the right people ;)
  4. Local News: the fact that until I’m writing this line, I remember that I have ignored this issue for quite a time. It’s not very good: but then I should consider re-organizing the little remaining time.
  5. Task lists: yes, this is indispensable. After reading this, we totally throw ourselves to a new day of work :)

How about your choices?

2 thoughts on “Reading by selection

  1. Cuong Nguyen

    Good job! Starting a new day by reading something is a good habit.

    Just remember to set a limit for these stuff or else you will ruin your own day with all non-sense information lol I prefer to go with 30 – 60 minutes per day.

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