The other day, I went grocery shopping with my wife. When we go together, we usually split up with an In-and-Out strategy.
We’re trying to eat healthier, so this time we shopped together, starting in the produce section. So many choices, where does one begin? Some sprouts? They’re healthy. Spinach? I love it, but Cindy can’t stand it. Peppers? Cook ‘em for me. Slice ‘em and chew ‘em for Cindy. A little bit of everything? Sure, let’s get the new year started right.
We had a half-full basket — and hadn’t even made it out of the produce section. Yikes! Too many choices. I’m on Food Overload already. What to do, what to do…
Delete some items from the food basket. After all, we know where to get each item when we’re hungry for it, right? It’s not like we can eat it all at once – and if we did, we’d get sick.
What’s the difference between Food Overload and Feed Overload? Well, the items in your feed aggregator don’t have an expiration date. You can sense what each post is like by its headline (hopefully). If you’ve bitten off more feed than you can chew:
- Delete some items from the feed aggregator: If I haven’t read something a feed in over a week, I usually delete it.
- Don’t read all your feeds at one sitting: This will surely cause indigestion of the brain. Save room for tomorrow.
- Combine your feeds into one big feed stew: This is what Kate did with her feeds, using FeedBlendr, which I’ve also used with success.
- Order Out from Megite: Let Megite take your reading list and turn it into ‘river of news’ for you. Here’s one they put together for me, using one of my OPML reading lists.
If you reach information overload, step away from the table and survey what’s on your plate. We don’t buy one of everything in the store. Nor should we read every item that gets published.
Do you have a well-balanced diet of feed intake? Share your secret to staying trim.
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