Yesterday I had around 200 open tabs on Chrome. In fact, I stopped using Chrome a few weeks ago and switched to Safari because my laptop was struggling with the weight of all those open tabs. Yesterday I started to go through the tabs, and I'm now at 80 open tabs (79 once I finish writing this entry :P).
While going through my tabs it's clear that many articles I was eager to read were only fluff pieces. And having many tabs to go through makes me very careful about considering my priorities and being conscious on the value each article has to offer.
Some articles can scanned very quickly. Some articles need time and reflection to go through. Some are no longer of interest or I'm sure I'd be able to pick up the same information in the future.
At times I imagine articles to be precious, irreplaceable gems, and I have to collect them for future use. But information is abundant. The tab I close now has information that will easily be accessible with a Google search when needed.
It's important for me to remind myself:
- Why is this useful?
- How do I intend to use it in the future?
Knowledge should be channeled towards some benefit or application. It could be simply to broaden our understanding of the world or a contribution to a project we're working on (or want to pick up in the future). But without knowing how knowledge will be used or not being realistic about what we can actually use we end up overwhelming ourselves with too many commitments that get in the way of doing great work rather than assist in achieving it.
How do YOU manage browser tabs?